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AGOA beneficiary boosting trade through manufacturing in Rwanda

Published on June 03, 2016

C&H Garments, a Hub AGOA beneficiary, employs hundreds of Rwandans to manufacture garments destined for the U.S market. Most recently, the Hub, as part of its Buyers Mission program,  facilitated a visit to Rwanda and C&H Garments by Superior Uniform Group, a large U.S. uniform supplier which is seeking to expand its sourcing capacity in East Africa. In 2016, the Hub facilitated C&H Garments representatives to attend two trade shows: Sourcing at Magic,  a global pillar of fashion trade shows, where 60,000+ global industry insiders meet in Las Vegas to connect and forge trade deals; and Origin Africa/Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week in Ethiopia.

C & H Garments Ltd is a Chinese company located in the Kigali Special Economic Zone. The Rwanda government set up the Kigali Special Economic Zone to increase Rwanda’s export revenues and reduce its trade deficit.

“Cost of production in Rwanda is cheaper compared to China,” said Helen Hai Co-Owner C&H Garments during an interview with CNN.  Helen Hai a Chinese National left china to start the company in Rwanda due to the high production costs.

"We hope to be more competitive compared to the Chinese Market. We hope to attract more companies like C & H Garments Ltd to be able to create more employment for Rwandan citizens," said Rwanda Development Board Eusebe Mukira during an interview with CNN.

Here is the full interview with CNN'S Eleni Giokos.