Thousands of local and foreign visitors will throng the 20th Anniversary of Rwanda International Trade Fair (Rwanda Expo), from 22 August to 6th September 2017.
Rwanda International Trade Fair (RITF) is one of Rwanda’s major annual events organized by Private Sector Federation (PSF) in conjunction with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs (MINEACOM). Such events started far back in 1978, by then organized by the Ministry of Commerce itself and opened to international participation mainly from neighbour countries in 1998.
RITF is commonly known as specialist market places that allow exhibitors to promote their products and services, reach new customers and generate new sales. The event provides visitors the opportunity to find out about the products and services on display. It also provides business people with the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and share experiences.
The success of these trade fairs was mainly attributed to the quality of the exhibition in terms of exhibits, the level of networking among the national and foreign exhibitors and the support rendered by the government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs (MINEACOM).
2. What is the Main Objective?
The overall objective of RITF is Employment creation, poverty reduction, import substitution and general economic development. This will lead to increased exports, increased job opportunities, increased consumption of local made products appropriate technology transfer and eventually economic development. .
There is need for value addition to Rwandan produced products if they are to be competitive enough on the local market but also to penetrate other markets like EAC, COMESA and International markets.
RITF has recurrently played an important role towards the achievement of Rwanda’s vision. This annual event is, indeed, not only a physical manifestation of Rwanda’s entry into the “globalization of trade”. It is also providing a perfect learning ground for both the private and public sectors.
The specific objectives are investment and export promotion as well as transfer of technologies. This event is taking place from 22nd August to 6th September 2017, at Girondo Expo Ground, Kigali, and the opening Hours are 8 am – 10 pm (daily) on week days; and till Midnight on weekends