Premier Ngirente visits Rwanda’s pavilion at Intra-African Trade Fair 2021

On 16 November 2021 at 06:25

Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente has visited Rwanda’s pavilion at the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021 taking place in Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.

Rwanda is among other African countries participating in the trade fair.

Premier Ngirente who went to South Africa to attend the trade fair representing President Paul Kagame, has visited different stands marketing Rwanda’s visibility, showcasing Rwanda’s efforts in blood delivery using drones among others.

He was accompanied by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Beata Habyarimana and other Rwandan investors including Gerard Sina.

As he delivered remarks at the opening ceremony yesterday, Premier Ngirente urged African countries to deepen their collaboration as embedded in the intra-Africa supply chains if they are to improve economic resilience and growth outcomes during COVID-19 pandemic.

The event which runs from 15th through to 21st November, is expected to close upwards of US$40billion worth of deals signed and is being attended by over 1,100 entities exhibiting their goods and services to over 10,000 delegates, visitors and buyers from over 95 countries from the continent and beyond.

In recognition of the potential of the youth in the Continent, this year’s event will have a designated youth agenda – African Youth Startup – where a one stop pavilion will provide information for the youth on necessary business startup knowledge as well as hold their hands. More than 300 youth carefully selected from the whole of Africa are participating in the pavilion because the Youth are believed to be the continent’s future for investment trade and development.

Organised by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, the second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2021) provides a platform to promote trade under the AfCFTA.

It will bring together continental and global buyers and sellers, and will enable stakeholders to share trade, investment and market information as well as trade finance and trade facilitation solutions designed to support intra-African trade and the economic integration of the continent. In addition to establishing business-to-business and business-to-government exchange platforms for business deals and advisory services, IATF2021 also operates IATF2021 Virtual, an interactive online platform that replicates the physical event.

Premier Ngirente and accompanying delegation visiting Rwanda's pavilion.
Rwandans participating in the trade fair posing for a photo with Premier Ngirente and accompanying delegation.