Normally Exhibitors at Made -in-Rwanda expo charged fees per stand but this time they will use the stands free of charge, the Private Sector Federation (PSF) has said, in an attempt to encourage more local producers to showcase their products.
in interview with Theoneste Ntagengerwa, the Spokesperson for Made- in- Rwanda initiative at PSF, told The Express news that, however ,this time exhibitor will pay Rwf40, 000 for registration only.
“Made in Rwanda campaign is a concerted effort between different stakeholders, on our side we want to make sure that potential buyers get opportunities to experience the product and service made in Rwanda” said Ntagengerwa.
He added that firstly they need to get maximum of exhibitors and conduct a survey to identify what is hindering made in Rwanda. the discount is expected to attract a big number of exhibitors from across the country.”
“Made-in-Rwanda expo is different from the annual International Trade Fair for which exhibitors pay for stands. Made-in-Rwanda, we have made the stands free of charge as we are rather focusing on bringing local producers together so they can show what they do for the Rwandan community at a bigger stage,” he said.
Ntagengerwa added that PSF is planning capacity building initiatives for the exhibitors through business clinics aimed at increasing their skills in marketing and service deliver.
Over 200 exhibitors have already registered and Ntagengerwa believes this year’s expo will attract a bigger number of exhibitors compared to the previous editions.
Georges Niyongabo, of African Sewing Club, a cooperative that makes T-shirts and shirts, hailed PSF’s assistance local firms.
He told the new times that for them it will be a big motivation.
“For us, exhibitors, it is a big motivation because we do not only make sales but also make contacts with clients during trade fairs,” he said.
The annual expo is slated to take place from November 28 to December 3, at the Expo Grounds, Gikondo
The Express News