Rwanda Entrepreneurs urged to learn from Mauritius

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Alex Razibukira, the DG in the ministry of Trade and Industry, and Amedee Darga, chairman of Enterprise Mauritius, cutting the ribbon of the expo. Looking on are Hannington Namara (R), CEO of PSF, and Chamroo Dev (in the back), CEO of Enterprise Mauritius. (ARCHIVE PHOTO)

A group of over 18 entrepreneurs from Mauritius joined with their counterparts in Rwandan business in a just concluded two days meeting which was mainly aimed at promoting doing business in the two countries.

“We are here to showcase products from our country as well as get to see what is produced here in Rwanda that can be exported to,” the Enterprise Mauritius representative Michael Nehaldas said.

Nehaldas said that Rwanda was a great country for doing business and this is why they needed to strengthen the business partnership that was started two years ago.
Rwandan Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) need to be exposed a bit more and such a visit was seen as a great opportunity.

“We need to learn more business skills, get more knowledge and technology from the business geniuses,” Geoffrey Kamanzi Head of Trade facilitations Private Sector Federation (PSF) who represented the CEO said.

Kamanzi said Rwanda will continue to engage in such meetings to make sure that there is knowledge transfer and business promotion on both sides.
The Mauritian delegation brought into Rwanda different products which included textile materials, construction materials, printing materials and manufacturing materials amongst others.

On the other hand Rwanda hopes to export different products which include coffee, tea, minerals, among others to Mauritius.

“This is an opportunity for the Rwanda business community and Mauritius entrepreneurs to learn from each other and engage in joint efforts in sharing knowledge hence be able to conquer markets,” Diane Sayinzoga the Trade Development Division Manager at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) said.

She said such meetings open up doors for strong business discussions which help business people in the long run.

Mauritius happens to be a member of the Common Market of Eastern Africa (COMESA) and therefore is engaging in promoting intra regional trade and the integration of the region.