City tycoon, Robert Bapfakurera, has been elected the Chairman of Rwanda’ Private Sector Federation in a landslide victory on Friday morning at Serena Hotel, effectively replacing Benjamin Gasamagera.
The federation pools business operators. It conducted elections for chairmanship and two vice-chairs.
The federation’s elections had been held three weeks earlier from the cell level, sector, district, provinces and City of Kigali representatives including for chambers of all sectors and interest groups.
Election results at national level saw Bapfakurera take the chairmanship with 137 votes out of the 155 votes cast, Eric Gishoma as 1st Vice Chairperson with 126, against Isabelle Uzamukunda, who received 25, and Mushimiyimana Eugenie as 2nd Vice Chairperson with 144 votes.
Below is the acceptance speech by the new PSF Chairman
I express my gratitude of appreciation to all PSF members that have given me the trust of voting me as their Chairman.
I take this opportunity to appreciate and recognize the out-going Chairman and the Board members for having laid a foundation path for us.
As equally informed by Vision 2020, 7 Year-Government-Program and EDPRS II, Private Sector is a fundamental engine of economic transformation; and on behalf of the new Board Members, I assure and guarantee you that a progressive movement of advancement shall be entailed in our agenda of private sector development.
I wish to assure and declare to PSF members that we shall work upon your requests and demands as we shall ensure that advocacy, capacity building, cost minimization of production and transport, access to business information and facilitation in market linkages shall not be just a privilege but a right to you in our term of Leadership.
We shall lay out possible strategies to expedite membership growth and services at the Federation.
We shall also not forget collaborating and partnering with the Government of Rwanda and both National, Regional and International Developmental Partners for the purpose of enhancing PSF mandate henceforth Private Sector development.
To the Outgoing Board Members, I gently request for your further support at PSF.
Thank you all and God Bless You!!