The Government of Rwanda has launched a National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) to address the challenges encountered by exporters and importers including extended dwelling time at some border posts.
The committee which is led by the Ministry of Trade and Industry follows Trade Facilitation Agreements signed between the government of Rwanda and International Business Community in December 2013.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, François Kanimba who presided over the launch has said that it will benefit Rwanda as a landlocked country.
“The cooperation is meant to establish international agreements on how trade should be exercised. They are great agreements that will play a commendable role for our landlocked country,” he said.
Kanimba explained that the new committee including representatives from the government and private sectors will improve trade and reduce the cost of importing and exporting.
Patience Mutesi, Trade Mark East Africa Country Director has said that they will collaborate with the National Trade Facilitation Committee to effectively execute its duties.
She explained that they already collaborate with the government of Rwanda in activities which facilitate business including implementing one custom border post , advertizing products through technology and setting of invasive scanners which verify loaded merchandises in a container without offloading.
The spokesperson of Private Sector Federation in Rwanda, Nkusi Mukubu Gerard said that the new committee will foster the respect of trade facilitation agreements.
“The new committee will be sharing with us reforms in prices and laws early so that we can give suggestions before going into force,” he said.
The NTFC is comprised of various bodies including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda Revenue Authority among other business corporations.