Seventy-eight international firms from fifteen Countries in Kigali for International Trade Fair

Seventy-eight international firms from fifteen Countries in Kigali for International Trade Fair

Seventy-eight international firms from fifteen Countries in Kigali for International Trade Fair

Kigali, 25 July 2014

Rwanda is hosting the 17th edition of Rwanda International Trade Fair from 23 July until 6 August 2014, taking place at the Gikondo Expo Grounds in Kicukiro, Kigali. This year’s expo attracted over 330 exhibitors from 15 countries and over 78 foreign firms from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Iran, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Poland are participating in this annual event.

While officiating the opening of this year’s trade fair, the Minister of Trade and Commerce Kanimba Francois told the exhibitors that Rwanda is committed to empowering private sector. Kanimba commended the role of the private sector in the country’s plan to become a middle income economy’

He said, “Supporting private sector is a government’s priority. In order to achieve our development plans including EDPRS2 and Vision 2020. We have put in place policies and infrastructure facility that eneble doing business in Rwanda and with this favorable investment climate we call upon investors to do their part.”

On the side of the private Namara Hannington thanked the government for its support in organizing such international exhibitions. “The previous experience show us that after the expo, most exhibitors proceeding with procedures to start business in the country. This is a sign of appreciation of our business environment.

He added that this expo is happening at a time when Rwanda is cerebrating 20 years of liberation and it’s a good opportunity to showcase the role of the private sector in economic liberation. “We have had a big role in fighting poverty, job creation and support government‘s development programs. This is also to celebrate our achievement”

The annual International Trade Fair is preceded by provincial trade fairs and has always acted as a learning hub for Rwandan small businesses on how to improve of the quality of their products based on the fellow exhibitor’s best practices.

The Expo also provide per time jobs to hundreds of youth who are in mid-term holidays.