The 20th Rwanda International Trade Fair on Thursday officially opened in the Rwandan capital Kigali.

The two-week annual show is aimed at promoting locally manufactured products and investments. The expo, which will end on September 6, is organized by the Private Sector Federation (PSF) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs.

Speaking at the opening, Rwanda’s Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi called on local producers to ensure quality of Made in Rwanda products to compete on international market.

He also called for private sector partnership as key in this regard.

He decried the fact that currently most of African economies still depend heavily on production and exports of raw materials and unprocessed commodities with little value addition.

“Attending trade fairs like this one tells us that as African countries, we need to increase value addition, extract higher rents from our commodities and to better integrate into the Global Value chains,” said Murekezi.

The show has attracted 275 local and 136 foreign exhibitors from 17 countries, according to PSF. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh