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By The Inspirer writer.
A variety of innovations and new products are expected in the upcoming Made in Rwanda Exhibition that will attract over 400 exhibitors who will use over 800 stands.
The exhibition will start from November 21and run through December 4, 2019 at Gikondo Exhibition ground.
It will be the 5th edition of the exhibition of this kind.
Among various business sectors that will participate include those in ICT, Manufacturing, Agro processing, Arts and creative [and fashion] industries as well as the film industry.
Along with the exhibition, there will be for the first time, a national business forum where people will be discussing how to improve and expand made in Rwanda production.
Key discussions to be highlighted during the business forum will revolve around four main subjects including production and market expansion, ensuring quality of products, research development and innovations as well as branding.
The forum will be held on December 3, 2019 and will be a good opportunity to network between entrepreneurs and policy makers, to share updates on Made in Rwanda vision and to give awards to best exhibitors.
Faustin Karasira, Director of Operations at the Private Sector Federation (PSF) said that the stands will be visited by various entities and affiliated bodies during the period of exhibition.
“This exhibition will mark the celebration of what the country has achieved in terms of increasing the production of locally made products.” Karasira noted.
He said that the key flagship activities in this exhibition will include volks wagen electric vehicles, mining and locally made telephones among others.
Commenting on the issue of packaging that has been a concern to local manufacturers, Karasira said that this is still a problem since 2011 when the made in Rwanda policy was set up.
He said that the packaging as the policy plans, should respect the protection of environment by avoiding plastic bags. “we are discussing with the ministry of environment to find out a solution to that.” He said.
The 5th made in Rwanda exhibition is expected to raise benefits such as job creation as 94% of medium and small enterprises in Rwanda have shown a potential in producing local products.
The local manufacturers will be offering over 2,205 jobs every year.
Visitors to the stands are expected in two categories, one being a Business to Business perspective (B2B) that will bring over 50 business entities and Business to Consumer (B2C) that will also bring together producers and retailers.
“We plan to have over 100,000 Rwandans who will visit and enjoy, as well as purchase. We will continue to use and encourage using ICT like MTN Mobile money and Airtel money to access the exhibition premises.
“We need to make sure that we make a very strong brand that reflects values of Rwandans. We are looking of how do we adapt to new technologies which other countries do not have. We need to go far ahead by thinking on the vision of the market. There are many achievements the country met in line with looking for own solutions. So, others that come from Rwandan values are also a key root accelerator of what we achieved and what we want to achieve.” Karasira said.
“We wish that our entrepreneurship can have an advanced boost. Our main purpose is to have a variety of made in Rwanda products, as a good results of innovation,” he added.
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