REG embraces HUZA to enhance efficiency

Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the REG Chief Executive Officer launching IBMS at Serena hotel 

Rwanda Energy Group (REG) and its subsidiary companies, the Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL) and the Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) have turned to new technologies as they step up efforts to enhance efficiency and transparency.

The Integrated and Business Management System (IBMS), according to Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the REG Chief Executive Officer, is part of the reforms being undertaken by the group to “boost efficiency and help minimise losses to spur revenue collection, as well as fix managerial gaps”.

The system in new its new name “HUZA” is an integrated solution that includes modern management tools and processes to inform decision-making and enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in electricity service delivery.

The HUZA System will consist of an enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer management system (CMS), and incident record management system (IRMS) all integrated together. The REG chief said the solution, by South African-based enterprise software developer, IFS, will help the utility reduce commercial losses from current 3 per cent to less than one per cent.

“The solution will support mission-critical business processes such as financials, payroll, supply chain management, human resources, and project management,” he added. He added that it will be integrated with other commercially-supportive systems offered by IFS through its partner Fluentgrid of India.

“We were looking for a modern business management solution that can enhance organisation control and aid timely decision-making to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability throughout the organisation,” said EUCL managing director Eng Jean-Claude Kalisa. He added that the IFS applications suit the firm’s requirements in terms of functional breadth, scalability, and user-friendliness.

Maj. Eng. Jean-Claude Kalisa, EUCL Managing Director, addressing the participants at the HUZA launch

Gawie van der Merwe, the IFS South Africa Managing Director, said the software is a cost-effective, adding that it can be used to manage new infrastructure developments, monitor programmes and project progress, as well as “leave an asset management legacy for on-going plant and facility maintenance”.

“We are, therefore, looking forward to supporting REG improve efficiency across the organisation,” he noted.