Rwanda and Botswana keen to strengthen trade and investment ties | The new times


A special appeal to the private sector to invest in research in order to produce good quality products, to share best practices and knowledge in agriculture, in particular agriculture, export of goods and services, has was launched last week at the “Trade and Investment Conference” between Rwanda and Botswana. .

The two-day event was held on April 28-29, where public and private sector players from both countries were given a platform to explore current business and investment opportunities.

During the conference, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Claire Akamanzi, CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and Keletsositse Olebile, CEO of Botswana Investment and Trade Centre, to enhance cooperation between the two institutions.

In his remarks, Akamanzi said trade between the two countries is still weak and called on the private and public sectors to utilize the current opportunities.

She highlighted the zeal, enthusiasm and willingness of the Rwandan private sector to collaborate in a wide range of areas.

Vincent Biruta, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that Rwanda and Botswana have a strong bond of friendship with cooperation at all levels that starts at the highest level of the two nations.

Biruta urged private sector actors in both countries to build on the momentum of the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation and the Trade and Investment Conference.

The Minister for International Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Botswana, Lemogang Kwape, said the investment conference provided a platform for the business community to engage and identify areas of mutual interest in developing their respective economies.

Olebile said that “we look to Rwanda to build our foundations. We hope to receive a return visit, we are happy with the partnership moving forward. It is in this dynamic that we will be able to create real African multinationals. We believe that through this collaboration, we will see more growth from this level.

He added that Botswana has key strategic sectors, one of them being the international financial center which Rwanda has launched. “We look forward to exchanging knowledge.”

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