Alternative Dispute Resolution
ICF is working with the Government of Rwanda in a project that will streamline the procedures, time and cost of enforcing commercial contracts by operationalizing the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) and establishing a pool of professionals in mediation and arbitration. The project will also promote alternative dispute resolution in Rwanda and KIAC as a seat of arbitration and mediation in Rwanda and Africa. The project is expected to reduce the time from filing to judgement of a case at KIAC from 140 days to 90 days.
ICF is working with the Government of Rwanda to implement the second generation of commercial contract enforcement reforms in the country. The project will help the Judiciary to upgrade an electronic case and records management system, streamline business processes, develop a pool of real time court reporters, develop Law Reports, and build synergies between the Judiciary and the newly established Kigali International Arbitration Centre.
The project will reduce the time from filing to judgement of a case in the Judiciary from 140 days to 65 days and reduce the number of appeals from 20% to 10%.
Kigali Construction Permit
ICF worked with the Government of Rwanda to enable the City of Kigali to provide better services to the private sector and members of the public. It has implemented a web-based construction permit management information system for the full construction permit process cycle, from submission to delivery. The system supports client relations as well as the administration of construction and other related permits (e.g. occupation, renovation, change of use, transformation and permit to construct a fence) issued by the City of Kigali district offices.
As a result, the number of visits needed to the authorities to process a construction permit for both residential and commercial buildings has been reduced from 7-10 days to a maximum of three days.
Land Administration Enhancement
ICF is working with the Government of Rwanda to further reduce the procedures, time and cost of land transfers in Rwanda. The project will integrate legal and spatial land information into one database, and operationalise the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority’s Land Administration Information System in all districts in Rwanda. Links will also be created with the City of Kigali for construction permits and the Office of the Registrar General for mortgage registration.
The project is expected to reduce the number of procedures required to transfer land from 7 procedures to 3, and the number of days needed to transfer land from 7 days to 2.
Rwanda Investment Climate Project
ICF worked with the Government of Rwanda to strengthen and speed up the pace of investment climate reforms in Rwanda and reduce the cost and risk of doing business in country. This was done by addressing constraints in the areas of commercial disputes resolution, business registration and land registration.
Commercial dispute resolution: the project established four commercial courts and as a result, the time it took to resolve a commercial dispute went down from 5 years to 120 days; the pre-2007 backlog of over 3,333 commercial cases was cleared; and over US$ 20m has been freed up due to the quick resolution of commercial disputes.
Business Registration: the project established the Office of the Registrar General as well as an online business registration system. As a result, the time it took to register a business went down from 16 days to 2 days, there were only 2 procedures for registration, and the fee reduced from $433 to $25 (free online). Over 10,000 businesses were registered between June 2010 and September 2012.
Land registration: Computerisation of the land registry through the newly established Land Information Administration System has improved titling and boosted mortgage registration.