THE NEW TIMES
by Seraphine HABIMANA
The Expo attracted more than 100,000 visitors per week last year. The Rwanda Focus (file photo)
The 16th Annual Rwanda International Trade Fair (Expo 2013) that started on Wednesday officially yesterday by the Prime Minister, Pierre Damien Habumuremyi.
However, by about 3:30pm yesterday some exhibitors were still setting up their stalls.
Cyprien Habiryayo, an exhibitor from tea producer, Sorwathe, said people were still few, but was hopeful the numbers would go up since yesterday was the first day.
Ephrem Karangwa, the Expo 2013 co-ordinator, said this year there are many changes regarding quality and organisation. The ‘business corner’ for exhibitors to exchange ideas and network is one of the changes, he added.
The expo is running under the theme, “Linking businesses to market”.
Karangwa noted that manufacturers from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) were attending the fair for the first time, which he said will help Rwandan business people make contacts with suppliers of products that are not produced in East Africa.
At least 345 exhibitors, both local and foreign, are participating in the annual event that is aimed at showcasing new products and networking. Last year, 491 exhibitors participated.
The expo has attracted companies from the Comesa region, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.
Expo 2014 promises to be biggest ever
Private Sector Federation boss Hannington Namara says the 16th edition of the Rwanda International Trade fair, which starts on Wednesday, will be bigger and more exciting than ever.
He explained that they have reduced on the number of tents to create more space for exhibitors as this was the main concern raised by participants last year, so there will be slightly over 700 stands for 330 local and foreign companies. [read all…]
Sources: allafrica.com, The Rwanda Focus