Rwandan diplomat says e-commerce to bolster cooperation with China

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 9 September 2020 at 08:25

Rwanda’s Ambassador to China James Kimonyo has observed that e-commerce has strengthened economic relations between the two countries, and will bind them even further as their cooperation takes roots.

In an interview with Xinhua, a Chinese newspaper, Kimonyo said: "We are enjoying the best balance of cooperation with China in our history."

Two years before the services trade fair, Rwanda and China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba signed an agreement over the Electronic World Trade Platform (EWTP) that helps small and medium enterprises to digitally transact.

Through the agreement, Rwandan products such as pepper and coffee are sold on various Alibaba sites such as Tmall, Taobao, and others.

Rwandan coffee was recently sold to the Chinese market through a joint venture, where 1.5 tones were sold online in a few minutes. The event took place in a 10-minute talk entitled "National Treasure" on May 14, 2020.

Kimonyo added that Rwandan coffee makers and marketers say they continue to receive requests from Chinese companies that want Rwandan coffee.

He went on to say that small and medium enterprises have benefited from setting up a platform that enables them carry out e-commerce, reaching reach large and affordable markets.

He said the creation of a total African market would be made up of over 1.2 billion people, which means that the African continent has opened its markets once and for all.

He also said that China has quickly recovered from this (COVID-19) pandemic, which gives them hope, but also to the world, adding that, the more China grows, the more Africa become prosperous.

Amb. Kimonyo says e-commerce has strengthened economic relations between Rwanda and China