Lord Popat to enlarge UK market for Rwanda exports

UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Rwanda, Lord Dolar Popat, on a visit to Rwanda has visited Gishali Flower Park at Rwamagana District to exploit possible opportunities and strengthen bilateral trade and investment.

During his tour at the flower farm, Lord Popat took an occasion to explore opportunities and challenges available in the sector, from planting to export. On the transport element, both parties appreciated the recent step to reinforcing the trading relationship between the two countries by forwarding Rwandair flights to London from 26th May this year.

Among current major challenges facing Rwanda’s horticulture exporters, the transport facility is evident. These direct flights will make the most of exporting large quantities of Rwandan perishable products.

After visiting the Rwanda Fresh Pack house at NAEB, Lord Popat commended efforts made to develop the horticulture sector and promised a liaison between Rwandan horticulture produce and UK market. “Rwanda has made amazing progress over the past twenty-three years and is one the best places to do business in Africa. It should be a magnet to British businesses; my role is simple: Help to create new opportunities in Rwanda so it can industrialize faster, trade more and create new and productive jobs for its growing young population.” He wrote.

The British government announced a major increase in the export credit for Rwanda, from £50m to £100m. It means that, British companies and their Rwandan buyers now have access to an extra £50m to help them bring British products, services and expertise into the Rwandan market. This move is a clear demonstration of the UK Government’s commitment to enhanced trade relations with Rwanda.


Published on 31st March, 2017

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