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Rwanda: British buyers explore trade deals with women-led horticulture businesses

British buyers are currently in Rwanda engaging with women-led horticulture businesses to explore potential trade deals for products such as chilli, avocados, passion fruits, fresh French beans, and other horticultural products. The visit is part of a Rwanda-UK trade mission running from May 28 to 31. Organised by the International Trade Center (ITC), in partnership with TradeMark Africa and Mastercard Foundation, the mission will feature business-to-business (B2B) meetings and farm visits.

This Rwanda-UK trade mission aims to strengthen bilateral trade and the horticulture sector between the UK and Rwanda, Dr. Michelle Kristy, Programme Management Officer at ITC, said after the mission's opening on Tuesday, May 28. What makes this trade mission special is our collaboration with several UK-based chambers of commerce, including the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

The President of this chamber even signed an MOU with the Private Sector Federation (PSF) Specialised Cluster to ensure that institutional collaborations between Rwanda and the UK continue beyond this trade mission, Kristy added. The event, Kristy further noted, involves eight UK companies in the horticulture sector and 17 women-led businesses in Rwanda participating in B2B meetings and tailored company visits.

The activities are designed to foster engagement and build strong, trust-based business relationships. We expect this mission will not only generate trade leads but also result in concrete business deals from the discussions taking place this week, Kristy said. ALSO READ: Rwanda to export flowers to UK at zero tariff Dennis Gatera, the Head of Transaction Structuring and Support at Rwanda Development Board, lauded the mission, underlining that it represents 'more than exploring opportunities for trade.


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