A range of 419 exhibitors have already expressed interest in participating in the forthcoming Rwanda International Trade Fair. Coming as the 19th of its kind, this fair also referred to as Expo Rwanda is in high steam and a range of mentioned exhibitors from all over the world will safari to Rwanda to be part of it.
to Stephen Ruzibiza – the Chief Executive Officer of Private Sector
Federation, the event comes with immerse opportunity to demonstrate the
products especially the Rwanda Safari tour products which are available on the market. Besides the showcasing, the fair is also a perfect avenue for networking.
The 19th Edition of the Rwanda International Trade Fair will commence on July 27th running through to August 10th
at the famous Gikondo expo grounds. This fortunately comes in at a time
when the country is embarking on rigorous positioning of Meetings
Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE) programme to the portfolio of Rwanda tour products capable of generating foreign exchange to the country.
Rwanda International Trade Fair (RITF) has been happening overtime and
gradually, it has continued to attract the International attention and
so far a count of seventeen (17) countries have expressed interest in
this year’s turn mainly from Africa, Europe and Asia. In 2015, the expo
had 408 registered exhibitors but for this year, the number has
increased to 419. The 271 of these exhibitors are locals while the 148
The success of the past exhibition is evidenced by
increased foreign direct investment in Rwanda something that continue
to yield job opportunities for the local people, enhancing the national
revenue and contributing to economic growth and development.
Interestingly, some of these investments are in the tourism and
hospitality sector such as hotels which in turn increases comfort
prospects of travelers on safaris and tours in Rwanda.
economy is apparently featuring an 8% annual growth rate of which the
private sector has contributed considerably. Therefore establishing
strong ties with the foreign world to facilitate technical and financial
resource inflow would add strength to the private sector thus enhancing
their input to national development.
The anticipated sectors that
will engage in the exhibition include; Agro-processing, Manufacturing,
financial services, Handcraft, Tourism, financial services, SMEs,
Housing and Construction.
The Head of Trade Fairs and Investment
at the Private Sector Federation Mr. Eprehem Karangwa noted that a range
of 320,000 visitors are anticipated to reach at this year’s exhibition
with 20,000 people making it to the event every day. The expo will be
broadcasted live and among the notable new exhibitors are from Turkey
and United Kingdom.