The Minister of Industry, Trade and East African Affairs, François Kanimba has said that merging MINICOM with MINEAC is a good choice as it will enhance increased productivity and avoid duplication of services and rendering resources to waste.
The merger was announced during the cabinet reshuffle on 4th October 2016 where Minister Kanimba was appointed to lead the merged ministries while the former minister of MINEAC, Valentine Rugwabiza was appointed Rwanda’s envoy to the United Nations in New York.
Following the reshuffle, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Emmanuel Hategeka was appointed the coordinator of Northern Corridor projects.
During the handover ceremony held today, Minister Kanimba has thanked President Paul Kagame for the new duties and unveiled readiness to improve the value and quantity of Rwanda’s products exported to East African member states.
“Merging MINEAC and MINICOM is anchored on the fact that the East African Community is meant to establish one regional trading bloc and enhancing investment opportunities. These responsibilities are extended to, among others, security , education, but, most important, establishing a common market,” he said.
While handing over the MNEAC office, Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza has commended President Kagame for having assigned her to head MINEAC and expressed optimism that the merger will bring more benefits.
“The merger of the two ministries has a purpose. Integrating trade and industrial development is essential since there is a connection between both ministries.They are today merged officially,” she said.
As the new cabinet ministers and local leaders were sworn in yesterday, President Kagame said ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza appointed as envoy of Rwanda to UN is still a member of the cabinet since she represents Rwanda in many countries.
“When Rugwabiza returns to Rwanda for holidays at a time we are holding a cabinet meeting, she will sit to tell us the situation from where she has been commissioned,” he said.