Stakeholders call for contextualizing Rwanda’s trading system within global community

#MURANGWA Darius 17-05-2023
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The University of Rwanda brought together stakeholders in academics, research, private and public sector to reflect on trading system among academics, citizens and policy makers in Rwanda. The event was organized as part of implementation of World Trade Organisation Chairs Programme (WCP) Phase III in Rwanda ; a partnership between the UR and the WTO.


Dr Joseph Nkurunziza the Principal of the College of Business and economics

In his opening remarks, Dr Joseph Nkurunziza the Principal of the College of Business and economics noted that the World Trade Organisation Chairs Program will be instrumental in developing courses in trade area to train new generation of trade experts.

“The partnership will help to understand trade system, among academics and the police makers in Rwanda through curriculum development, research and community engagement,” said Nkurunziza.

He added that the delivery of short courses will be cost efficient as people will no longer need to go outside to undertake courses available in Rwanda. According to him, the program is also expected to trigger the production of research papers in the field of trade which will be translated into policy briefs to help policy makers make informed policies and decisions.

Among the key participants in the meeting was Antoine Marie Kajangwe, the Director General of Trade and Investment in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Speaking on the occasion, he called for contextualizing key trade elements such as sustainable trade, intellectual property, trade policies, and evolution of international trade within the global community.


Antoine Marie Kajangwe, the Director General of Trade and Investment in the Ministry of Trade and Industry

“When we think about trade ; domestic trade, regional trade or international trade the first thing we have to do is to contextualize it within global community,” said Kajangwe.

Discussions featured participants from Rwanda Ministry of Trade and Industry, Public Sector Federation, African Trade Group, National Bank of Rwanda, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and others. Outcome will stimulate teaching, research and outreach activities in relation to international trade and trade cooperation in universities and research institutions. Besides, participants explored strategies to contextualize Rwanda trade system within the global community which will inform policies and ultimately lead to community wellbeing.

Participants group photo