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Rwanda Targets to become an African Hub for Foreign Direct Investment

Rwanda’s Import time has reduced by 14 per cent as a result of the removal of key non-tariff barriers (NTBS), according to a survey by Trade Mark East Africa.

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The report also revealed a 20 per cent decrease in the time it takes to export goods from East African countries, therefore increasing trade in the region.

There is progress to facilitate the fast movement of goods but a key 112 barriers identified, 87 resolved and the remaining 25 still need to be addressed.

“Unfortunately we keep working in them and new NTBS come up, so it is key that we try and prohibit the rise of new NTBS within the region,” said Anataria Karimba, Senior Programme Manager at Trademark East Africa.

“I think for us now it’s going into the next phase of funding for trademark, is to actually make an assessment on how the reduction in time and in cost actually translates down to revenue to the private sector and in the long run to the citizens of each of the EAC countries,” Karimba said.

Trademark broke-even, after investing heavily in the reduction of such barriers from some of the savings through course and time reduction, now it’s going into a new phase.

“That’s why we find it relevant to actually invest more because we have seen that the actual reductions that cover the rate of investment that we have put in.”

The organisation has also been looking at a way to harmonise the tax regime of the countries in the region but Karimba says that will take a long time but is an ongoing avenue this will help Rwanda attain its goals to become the destination in Africa for foreign investment.

By Robert Muriisa.

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