DTIS update
WTO accession

With EIF support, a Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) has been set up at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM). The SPIU ensures synergies and sustainability for externally funded projects and coordinates other donor‑funded projects relating to Aid for Trade and investment. Trade priorities have been mainstreamed into the second phase of the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II 2013-2018). Along with development partners, targeted strategic support has been provided with a strong emphasis on women's economic empowerment in relation to cross border trade.

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The project aims at enabling the SPIU to effectively steer the EIF process in the country and increase ownership of trade‑related technical assistance.


  • The Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) and Action Matrix were updated in March 2014 to solidify linkages with the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II 2013-2018) and the Private Sector Strategy 2013‑2018. The revised DTIS was disseminated to 198 exporters to increase knowledge in standards, market requirements, export substitution and promotion.
  • Implementation plans of the National Export Strategy for key export clusters (coffee, tea, mining, horticulture, construction materials, handicrafts, tourism, ICT) have been updated. The quarterly trade performance reports were produced in December 2015 as means to evaluate the strategy.
  • The EIF National Implementation Unit participated in four bilateral negotiations in four national monitoring committee meetings on the elimination of Non‑Tariff Barriers (NTBs). This has led to the removal of some NTBs.
  • 30 staff from the Ministry Trade and Industry (MINICOM) were trained in different fields including e‑waste management, consumer protection techniques, project management, trade negotiations and IT.
  • 112 exporters were trained on the DTIS and external trade opportunities.
  • 54 artisan exporters were supported to attend Jua Kali regional trade fairs.
  • 5 exporters attended international trade fairs in the USA.
  • SOPYRWA received financial support to access the market for pyrethrum in Europe and America. As a result, two major contracts were signed.
  • Consultants carried out an Aid for Trade assessment and designed two new projects.
  • The World Bank is providing $26 million to support the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project, which was designed to reduce the costs faced by traders, the majority of whom are small-scale and women traders, on the borders of the DRC and Rwanda.
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The project aims to comprehensively improve the cross-border business environment by addressing institutional mechanisms, trade-related capacities and strategic trade support infrastructure. The overall objective is to improve the livelihoods and earning potential of those engaged in Cross‑Border Trade (CBT) in Rwanda, of which 74% are women.


  • A cross‑border trade coordination unit with six field staff has been established. They will work with two staff from TradeMark East Africa to cooperatively implement the project. The cross‑border trade coordination unit has been trained so that they are equipped to carry out their responsibilities.
  • The construction of the cross‑border market in Cyanika has been launched. The bills of quantities for the market centres in Karongi and Burera have been revised.
  • Data collection systems have been harmonized with those of the National Bank of Rwanda to ensure that accurate trade data is collected and can be used for future planning.
  • Two stakeholders' meetings were held at the Ministry of Trade and Industry to revive cross‑border committees and update them on the progress of project implementation. 

Jacqueline DUNIAH
Sector Specialist Trade Mainstreaming SPIU Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs Kigali

Christian TWAHIRWA
Officer for M&E and project design SPIU Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs Kigali

Olivier MBERA
Coordinator SPIU Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs Kigali

Jean Louis Uwitonze

Donor Facilitator, Department for International Development, UK

Rosemary MBABAZI
Permanent Secretary and EIF focal Point at Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs

Michel Sebera
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Trade and Industry

Martin Hagenimana
SPIU Coordinator Ministry of Trade and Industry

Petra Voionmaa
Consultant, Trade and Sustainable Economic Development