The 21st Rwanda International Trade Fair to focus on cashless transactions

By Elias Hakizimana.

Rwanda is hosting the International Trade Fair 2018 which is the 21st in the country with an innovation of using tap and go cards to enter the expo grounds. As of now, the cards have been being used for public transport and are now used

The trade fair (exhibition) as usual is taking place at Gikondo Expo ground in Kicukiro District and is organized by the Private Sector Federation (PSF) and the Ministry of Commerce and Trade (MINICOM).

The three-week-long expo running from July 26, 2018 to August 15, 2018 will attract more than 500 exhibitors from 23 countries who will be exhibiting their products, which is higher than last year’s 15 countries which attended it.

Stephen Ruzibiza, PSF Chief Executive Officer said that the entry fee has not changed as people will load Rwf500 on their cards and those who will not have cards will be facilitated to enter as the AC group company that owns the technology will be there as a facilitator.

The aim of using such a technology is to reduce use of paper, ink and jam when entering where 10 entrance gates will be used to access the expo grounds.

The official opening of this exhibition is scheduled tomorrow on July 27, 2018 at Gikondo expo ground.



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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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