To enhance capacity building in trade-related matters, Rwanda hosts a regional advanced Trade Negotiations Simulation Skills Course for English-speaking African countries from 17th to 21st July.
The training is held under the coordination of Ministry of Trade, Industry, and East African Community Affairs, in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO) secretariat.
The objective of the course is to enhance the negotiating skills of African trade negotiators on the concepts of practical negotiations. The training focuses on various modalities in agriculture, industrial products or non-agriculture market access (NAMA), trade in services and fisheries.
The course brought together trade negotiators from lower and senior levels, and other officials directly involved in formulation of trade policy instruments and trade in general.
Trade Minister Francois Kanimba, while opening the course, said that Rwanda has embarked on this journey of promoting trade and SME development in terms of policy formulation and strategies that lead to economic growth.
“All these efforts and active participation in regional integration and multilateral trading system will contribute to Rwanda’s competiveness in the near future,” he remarked.
Kanimba said that Rwanda has already notified the WTO with “Category A” commitments and has ratified the agreement.
For any WTO agreement to become in force, 2/3 of its member states must ratify it, and the Minister congratulated those countries that have already done so.