More than 250,000 people attended the just concluded Rwanda International Trade Fair (RITF) that run for 16 days at the Gikondo PSF expo ground and closed yesterday. It is aimed to facilitate trade relationships and technology transfer; and is in line with the country’s vision of putting private sector at the heart of economic development.
All expo goers and exhibitors from 19 countries shave been recognized for their role in successful exhibition.
The Private Sector Federation (PSF) said that there was a big turn up in this year’s expo as they used to receive between 12,000 and 15,000 a day in week days, and between 25,000 and 30,000 during holidays and weekends.
The 20th expo attracted 433 companies, of which 289 were from Rwanda, 94 from Africa and 50 from the rest of the world.
The best exhibitors that were awarded include Bank of Kigali (BK) who emerged the best overall exhibitor, followed by RwandAir, and Ameki Color, a paints producer.
Benjamin Gasamagera, the chairperson of the Private Sector Federation, said this year’s expo focused on Made-in-Rwanda products so encourage local entrepreneurs to get exposure.
In his closing remarks, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Vincent Munyeshyaka, pledged continued government support to the private sector. He reiterated Rwanda’s move to encourage consumption of locally produced goods and services towards bridging the export-import gap.
“We want Rwandan products to be known at home and abroad for their quality, reliability, and safety,” Minister Munyeshyaka emphasised.
The Minister pointed out that participating in international trade fairs helps local exhibitors to fast track knowledge transfer amongst peers. This will boost local businesses’ competitiveness on foreign markets.