The newly appointed Trade and Industry Minister (MINICOM), Vincent Munyeshyaka has pledged to use all possible means to protect Rwanda’s interests in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which is a mechanism through which Rwanda exploits opportunities to freely access US market.
Munyeshyaka made the remark during the handover ceremony as he was receiving the office symbols and reports from his predecessor Francois Kanimba where he promised that he will peruse AGOA agreements first before eventually embarking on its promotion and ensuring full benefits.
"What is essential is to clearly define our needs as a country and then align those needs with the opportunities so availed to strengthen trade between Africa and America" he said.
He noted that they will scrutinize the agreements and identify those areas that need further assessment in need of protecting government interests.
The outgoing Minister Francois Kanimba urged Munyeshyaka to continue supporting the agreements and promoting Rwandan interests in international trade.