4 May 2016

Rwanda: Minicom to Screen Bidders for Mosquito Net Plant Establishment

The ministry of trade and industry has said that the screening of bidders to set up a mosquito net plant will be completed in two weeks. Alex Ruzibukira, the director general of industry development and entrepreneurship said that there are six bidders so far.

"The efforts are part of government's initiative to promote Made in Rwanda products in the pharmaceutical sector as government targets industrial growth of 14% this year from 6% last year. This will help us produce nets of our standard, as well as reduce the import bill in the sector," he said.

The ministry of health was last year accused of importing fake nets that are blamed for the rising malaria cases. Billions of francs were wasted when over three million inefficient mosquito nets were procured in 2013 from Netprotect, a Danish plant.

Besides taxes and transport costs, the ministry pays $5 per net. The country experienced an increase in malaria cases from 514,173 in 2012 to 1,957,000 in 2015.

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