This year’s Rwanda International Trade Fair (RITF) has attracted many exhibitors from both domestic and other countries.
The 20th edition of the annual expo, organized by PSF and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, was officially opened August 23rd at the Gikondo Expo Grounds in Kicuriro and will run for two weeks according to the organizers.
Edith Kayitesi from CIMERWA said; "the country is developing, we are here to exhibit our good cement products that we produce in Rwanda so that we can attract customers."
The expo enables exhibitors to share business and investment ideas, which results in opening up of new businesses in Rwanda by foreign participants. It also gives opportunity to exhibitors to showcase their products to the public.
One of the Kigali business traders Moses Kalisa has said that the annual trade fair is one of the platforms where firms can share expertise and network to boost their competitiveness.
FranK Hitimana from Rwanda Foam said they are ready to show what is new and available in stock for customers during the exhibition. "We expect to have many customers this year because our prices are affordable."
Local firms should take advantage of the forthcoming Rwanda International Trade Fair (RITF) to deepen their market reach locally and abroad through networking and partnerships, the Private Sector Federation (PSF) has said.
According to Eric Kabeera, the head of communications at PSF, the expo also gives Rwandan producers and service providers a huge opportunity to interact with customers and showcase their innovations, as well as market Made-in-Rwanda products. It is also an opportunity for local companies to learn and share knowledge with foreign firms, he added.
Exhibitors from 20 countries are participating in the 2017 expo.
Exhibitors that have confirmed participation are from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Canada, Iran, Pakistani, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Nigeria, Ghana, USA and the East African Community (EAC) member states, among others.
Over 270,000 show goers are expected to attend the trade fair.
Experts believe there is a need for value addition to locally-made products if they are to be competitive and also penetrate other markets like EAC, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and International markets.