Ongoing Projects and Activities

Economic Diplomacy Program:The Government of Rwanda has set targets to become a middle-income country by 2035, a highest income country by 2050. To achieve those targets, both public and private actors need to work together and coordinate their actions. The Rwandan Economic Diplomacy Program coordinates the country’s industrial, trade and investment policies and link them to the foreign affairs strategy to boost efficiency. The Ministry of Trade & Industry (MINICOM) is in charge of coordinating this program.


NMC: As envisaged by EAC Protocol, the National Monitoring Committees on NTBs was established in 2008 as a key mechanism for effective monitoring and coordination of NTB elimination at national and regional level. The NMCs are established in all five EAC countries with members from the business community and the key government institutions. The members of the NMC come from the relevant government ministries, institutions, agencies and private sector organizations. The NMC main role is, among other things, to classify and prioritize NTBs affecting Rwanda, assess their impact both on Rwanda’s trade, as well as on trade and investment relations with the EAC member states and advocate for the removal of the identified NTB’s in Rwanda and within the EAC Partner States. For more information click here:


CBT unit

CBT unit is a newly established unit under External trade with a link to the Single Project Implementation Unit (SPUI) with the support from EIF and TMEA to oversee the realization of Rwanda’s CBT ambitions and ensure maximum efficiency and impact. This unit is responsible for driving implementation, coordination, monitoring and reporting on of Cross-Border Trade activities.

The main functions of the CBT unit

-Collecting informal cross-border trade data at the borders with support from BNR and RRA.

-Conducting baseline assessments of trade flows at each of the borders and monitoring the impact of CBT activities on trade.

-Undertaking interviews and surveys of traders, border officials and other stakeholders at cross-border trade sites generate knowledge on the dynamics of trade;

-Undertaking studies on issues relevant to cross-border trade as well as monitoring the impact interventions are having on CBT.

-Drawing in experience and best practice in supporting CBT from other regions of Africa and the world;

-Mainstreaming CBT issues into other national programmes such as cooperative training, E-Soko market information system, national feeder road programmes and producer support programmes


Cross Border Market Infrastructure

The Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with bordering districts and development partners has prioritized and selected cross-border sites for market infrastructure development in order to facilitate cross-border trade, which has expanded considerably in recent years. Construction of two cross border markets namely Rusizi I and Akanyaru Haut/Nyaruguru is at an advanced level while the remaining five more namely Karongi, Cyanika, Rusumo, Rwempasha, Kagitumba, Gatuna and Rusizi II are in the pipeline.


 Policies and Strategies

Revised National Export Strategy

Economic Partnership Agreement

Trade Logistics and Distribution Strategy

Cross Border Trade Strategy





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