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Ghanaian and Rwanda businesses have expressed the optimism that trade between the two countries will be enhanced after participating in the first Rwanda-Ghana Business Summit held virtually on Thursday.

More than 300 businesses and regulators from both countries joined in on the call to learn and understand the business and investment opportunities that exist in both Rwanda and Ghana.

The Summit, organized by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) and facilitated by the Rwanda High Commission in Ghana to connect and promote exchange of goods and services between Rwanda and Ghana and profile investment opportunities offered by both countries had.

The Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC), the Rwanda Development Board as well as the Food and Drugs Authorities (FDA) of both countries made presentations to the participants on the available opportunities in the two countries.

Break-out sessions on the virtual summit held for businesses with interest in the manufacturing, agro-processing and services sector brought participants closer to one another on collaborating on other partnership opportunities amid the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA).

The Summit, which was held in just days after a 30-member Ghanaian business delegation returned to Accra from a familiarization tour to Rwanda, is set to consolidate the strong relations between the two growing African economies and help to push trade volumes up.

It has also began stronger partnership and collaboration between the various bodies in the two countries – GEPA and RDB, the two FDAs and between the Chamber of Commerce Ghana and Private Sector Federation with the view to lending support to businesses in both countries to drive trade volumes.

The High Commissioner of Rwanda in Ghana, Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira

The High Commissioner of Rwanda in Ghana, Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira in a remark to open the Summit, talked of the relations between Rwanda and Ghana and that the establishment a chancery in the country will help businesses in both countries to connect and do business.

“It is about creating relationships and partnerships in the face of boasting intra-Africa tourism and trade,” she added.

Presently, bilateral trade data available at the Ghana Export Promotion Authority shows that trade between the two burgeoning African economies is very low at less than US$1 million but there is a growing confidence among policymakers and businesses that measures put in place to expand trade volumes between the two countries will yield significant results in the next few years.

This is particularly so as the low volume and value of trade between the two countries present an opportunity for businesses to do more amid both bilateral and multilateral measures to boost intra-Africa trade.

The Deputy CEO of GEPA, Sam Dentu commenting on the tyrade relations between Rwanda and Ghana at the Summit said: “Trade between Rwanda and Ghana is very low. It is imperative for our two countries to intensify our trade relations. Today is an engagement we hope will bring meaningful collaboration between Rwanda & Ghana.”

This virtual trade promotion event thus builds upon a number of initiatives implemented over the last one year in line with strengthening economic and trade relations between the two sister African countries.

Among others, RDB conducted a successful trade mission in the first half of 2020, during which trade and business opportunities in both countries were mapped. This mission also played a key role in establishing contact between counterpart institutions as well as kick-starting engagements with Ghana’s Private Sector as it culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) aimed at promoting and facilitating trade between both countries.

It is expected that the Summit has paved way for more business deals among Rwanda and Ghanaian businesses and will further open trade opportunities in both countries.

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