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Local private sector challenged to exploit regional markets, AGOA

Published on February 10, 2016

The local business community has been challenged to take advantage of the trade agreements Rwanda has signed with other countries to spur the country’s exports. 

Officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry said the agreements are some of the tools local firms can use to create partnerships with regional and global market players to enhance the visibility of Rwanda’s products.

“The private sector should use the existing trade agreements to promote ‘Made in Rwanda’ products,” Robert Opirah, the director general for trade investment at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said.

Opirah said there are many opportunities offered by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), the EPAs deal with Europe, as well as the US’s African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) that exporters can exploit to boost the country’s export volumes. Read more. Source | New Times