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E-Commerce portal to boost Rwanda’s Trade.

Kigali 11th May, 2016- A partnership agreement between International Trade Centre (ITC) and DHL to facilitate trade and improve access to e-commerce transportation and logistics in Africa was yesterday signed in Kigali.

The Minister of Trade and industry, Francois Kanimba said that the government of Rwanda is embracing e-commerce as part of its strategy to digitise the economy. Trade and industry’s minister, Francois Kanimba was speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa; event organized at Hotel des Milles Collines.

“We are taking e-commerce as a key enabler towards boosting SMEs capacity to export; it is also an ingredient that we must leverage on to strengthen private sector’s contribution to the national growth,” Kanimba said.

The partnership according to Stefano Arganese , the Chief Executive Officer, DHL Freight - Central, Eastern, Southern Europe, America, Middle East and Africa emphases on knowledge transfer for SME competitiveness, in particular logistics and supply chain management.

“The ITC-DHL partnership builds SME competence in export processes, allowing them easier access to regional and global trade. DHL provides in-kind support through staff resources, expertise and training materials,” he said.

Arancha González, the Executive Director at International Trade Center, said that embracing e- commerce will increase SME’s contribution to the export industry and ultimately reduce the country’s trade deficit.

Organized by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Rwanda, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and DHL, the panel discussion converged more than 100 trade experts and entrepreneurs.

The made in Rwanda portal will have two platforms: made in Rwanda for local markets and made in Rwanda for export. The portal will also serve as an online Multi- vender market place for Rwandan goods and services, all managed from one place.

The portal will also advertise selected ‘’export- ready ‘’ products for which international market solutions and international logistics options will be available to foreign buyers serving market such as the EU and the US.

ITC proposes to provide technical assistance in building and adapting solutions for international payment and logistics and activating the platform.

“The ITC-DHL partnership builds SME competence in export processes, allowing them easier access to regional and global trade. DHL provides in-kind support through staff resources, expertise and training materials,” he said.

DHL and ITC have joined forces for logistics advisory support to country-based projects for customs clearance services and transport management for SMEs, along with advisory work with government authorities.

A logistics and transport advisory programme in partnership with regional institutions has already begun in Senegal, Morocco and is expanding to the other eight countries including Rwanda.

Janet Nkubana, the Chief Executive officer, Gahaya Links a Rwandan handcraft company, welcomed this initiative and said that embracing e-commerce will reduce shipping delays and costs.

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