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    Rwanda Scents New Export Opportunity

     

     
     
    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 2/2005

    Mr Kagame (centre) with Francesco Geoffroy, Chief of ITC's Interregional Programmes, and J. Denis Bélisle, Executive Director of ITC.

    Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, met ITC officials in April to discuss developing essential-oil exports, inspired by the success of an ITC-facilitated project in neighbouring Burundi.

    Many Rwandans depend on subsistence farming for a living. Developing these new, high-value exports in Rwanda's fertile soil would give much-needed jobs and income in the medium term. ITC confirmed its availability to contribute to a project, which will be funded under the Integrated Framework and ITC's Export-led Poverty Reduction Programme.

    For more information, contact geoffroy@intracen.org