(eTN) – Rwandan Hotel and Restaurant Association has expressed readiness to engage local authorities in dialogue, aimed to mitigate, if not prevent sudden ‘swoops’ and even closures of their members over alleged or real infringement of regulations. A major meeting with mayors and other leading administration officials will attempt to cement closer ties between the business association, the membership at large and local public officials, to promote regular dialogue and exchange of views.
Mr. Dennis Karera, Chairman of RHRA, was quoted to have said: ‘We want to forge this cooperation to mainly avoid abrupt closures of hotels, restaurants and bars without prior talks on the cause of closure. This does not mean that there will no longer be any more closure of restaurants or hotels, but it will actually bring about proper coordination to even take tougher measures against owners who persistently ignore to abide by the minimum standards’.
The Mayor of the capital city of Kigali has also gone on record, welcoming the initiative from the hotel and restaurant association, expressing his hope that the planned meetings can help to identify issues and problems and solve them in an amicable and regulated fashion instead of just locking up premises.
The initiative is mainly aimed to improve industry standards, hygiene and related concerns, to elevate the standards on a broad basis to the level of the other countries in the region, where institutional dialogue has long been in place.