Government has entered an agreement with a private firm, Sawmill East Africa, allowing the latter to harvest and manage four state forests. The concession agreement was signed this morning between the government through Rwanda Development Board, The Ministry of Land and Forestry and Sawmill East Africa. The agreement was approved by cabinet in July this year. Under the terms of the agreement, the firm will have rights to exploit the forests, produce furniture and other products as well as replant the forests. The firm will have rights to manage, exploit and replant 4 forests in southern part of the country in Rusizi, Muhanga and Huye. Rwanda Development Board Chief Operating Officer, Emmanuel Hategeka, told The New Times that the deal is set to see ideal use of forest resources in reducing imports of wood products and furniture into the country. Govt seals deal with private firm to manage state forests It will produce 400 jobs. I hope (It won't happen.) in six months time someone goes out and interviews the 400 and checks out the living conditions of those individuals. Quality of life.