The 18th Rwanda International Trade Fair opened Thursday at Gikondo expo grounds in Kigali.

The annual event has drawn close to 400 local and foreign companies, according to organizers.


They are from Egypt, Ghana, Botswana, Senegal, India, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Dubai, Singapore, East African Community states and Malaysia among other countries.

The fair to run from July 29 to August 12 is organized by Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation and the ministry of Trade and Industry.

An estimated 270,000 people are expected to visit the exposition over the two weeks period.
Officially opening the expo, Rwanda’s Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi, called on the private sector to strive to increase investments and the country’s exports.

The annual event is an opportunity for the private sector to expand trade and market made-in-Rwanda products, Murekezi said.

Benjamin Gasamagera, chairman Rwanda Private Sector Federation called on the local business community to strengthen trade and economic cooperation with international exhibitors.

On exposition are leather, textile, agro-products, and beverages to mention a few.

All exhibitors are upbeat the expo will provide them ground to network and share experiences.
This is a great opportunity to forge partnerships, said a Kenyan exhibitor who gave his name as Lucas. Enditem


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