The 20th edition of the Rwanda International Trade Fair concluded yesterday with awards of best exhibitors
The annual expo, was organized by PSF and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, it was scheduled from August 22, 2017 to September 6, 2017. Private and public companies as well as entrepreneurs from different countries were represented.
This year’s expo attracted between 12,000 and 15,000 people on weekdays and between 25,000 and 35,000 on weekends.
As usual, this Expo focused on supporting the Made-in-Rwanda initiative, a drive aimed at promoting consumption of locally-produced goods.
At the closing ceremony yesterday, Vincent Munyeshyaka, the Minister for Trade and Industry, pledged continued government support to the private sector, as it is looking to reduce trade deficit by encouraging consumption of local products.
Munyeshyaka challenged local firms to use the fair as an opportunity to showcase their products and compete effectively with the international exhibitors.
“This year's trade fair emphasized the need for the country to engage in initiatives to improve quality of goods and services so as to become competitive in the international market”. He added.
Up to 433 exhibitors from 19 countries showcased in the expo. They comprised 289 local companies and 144 from 18 foreign countries.
The expo enables exhibitors to share business and investment ideas, which results into opening up of new businesses in Rwanda by foreign participants, where we know some investors opens new businesses in Rwanda, after exhibiting at a previous trade fairs