2019 East African Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Trade Fair opens in Kigali Today.

Over the years, the “East African Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi Exhibition” currently called “East African Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Trade Fair” has served new market frontiers for artisans’ products, bridged the technological gaps between Artisans’ and as an avenue of integrating the artisans’ in the region and promoting the sector’s products, transfer of technologies and promotion of integration process in the region. The Artisans produce locally made products to earn an income to live adequately according to community standards.

The Trade Fair is organized by the East African Community in collaboration with the EAC Partner States and the East African Confederation of Informal Sector Organizations (CISO).

This regional exhibition serves to showcase products from the East African Region by exposing the exhibitors to emerging markets and technologies while at the same time offering them an expanded market for their products. At the exhibition, experts give the exhibitors professional advice on the key topics.

The main objective of the annual exhibition is to facilitate the formalization of informal sector activities within East Africa region by allowing them to meet, exchange business information, and expand their markets for their products of goods in order to exploit opportunities offered of EAC Common Market.

Speaking at the official opening, the Guest of Honor Honorable Minister Soraya Hakuziyaremye said that this EAC Trade fair is renowned for providing an opportunity for exhibitors from the region to discover new market place, promote their products and services, network and exchange ideas and share experiences.

“I urge each and every exhibitor to seize this opportunity and maximize their potential” She added

This year, the regional is celebrating twenty (20) years of the trade fair through holding exhibition, 20th East African Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Trade Fair and a daily symposium to be hosted by Rwanda from 13th to 22nd December 2019 at GIKONDO Grounds in Kigali, and the Trade Fair It is expected to attract up to 1,300 exhibitors from all Partner States. 

The first Exhibition was held in Arusha on November 1999 and coincided with the historic event of signing of the Treaty for Establishment of the East African Community. After the success of the premier Exhibition, the Heads of State directed that the Exhibition be held annually on rotational basis among Partner states so as to enhance and revamp the socio-economic integration of the peoples of East Africa.

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