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Rwanda, Alibaba considering increasing agro-products exports to China

KIGALI– Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on Sunday met with a delegation of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba in the Rwandan capital Kigali, discussing more agro-products exports to China.

RDB and Alibaba seek to support Rwandan entrepreneurs to export more agro-products such as beef, crayfish, avocado, chili pepper, French bean, tree tomato, and other fruits and vegetables to China.  By providing the necessary infrastructure to boost agro-processing, lowering the cost of air-freight transport, providing more pieces of training to Rwandan entrepreneurs to enable them to trade more product volumes and other ways, said a statement released by RDB.

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China presents a huge market for Rwanda, with its significant population and increasing spending power, RDB CEO Claire Akamanzi said in the statement. RDB is exploring “unique and big” opportunities” of the Chinese market, she added.

The delegation was in the central African country for the past week, meeting different government officials and private sector people, according to RDB.

The visit was the follow-up of an Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) agreement signed in October between the Rwandan government and Alibaba.

The signing makes Rwanda the first African country that launches eWTP, proposed by Alibaba’s Jack Ma with aims to promote public-private dialogue to foster a more effective and efficient policy and business environment to enable small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in cross-border electronic trade.

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