Rwanda, Tanzania to boost cross-border trade
RWANDABy BiztechAfrica - Oct. 18, 2012, 6:22 a.m.
The Ministries of Trade and Industry from Rwanda and Tanzania have agreed on a series of measures to promote cross border trade.
In a two day meeting in Kigali this week, Rwanda’s Minister of Trade Hon. Kanimba François and his Tanzanian counterpart, Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade Gregory G. Teu, agreed to work jointly to improve infrastructure and procedures at Rusumo border including fast-tracking construction of the One-Stop-Border-Post, establishing Trade Information Desks.
"We have also agreed to work on ensuring enough reliable power and interfacing of the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Customs Information Technology systems using RADDEX,"Minister Kanimba said
Among other resolutions were that tax collection bodies from both countries would consult and reach consensus regarding the possibility of accepting a single customs bond for both Rwanda and Tanzania instead of the current situation where Rwandan traders are required to execute customs security bonds to cover Rusumo and Kigali.
Tanzania on its side agreed to expedite ongoing projects to expand and modernize the port of Dar es Salaam and construct a new port at Bagamoyo and work out the process of extending 24-hour operations system to all other border stations to facilitate prompt clearance of goods.
According to Teu, Tanzania will expedite the study on optimal number of weighbridges, road blocks and checkpoints whose results are expected in December, to comprehensively resolve any outstanding issues.
MORE RWANDA NEWS
Rwandan mobile penetration nears 60%Mobile penetration in Rwanda passed 59.5% last month, according to the latest statistics issued by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA). Read More
Millicom to pump USD80m into Tigo RwandaMillicom says it will invest USD80 million in Tigo in the next five years. Read More
Rwanda, South Korean co in wholesale broadband JVKT Corporation and the Rwandan Government have signed a shareholders' agreement to establish a JV company to build and operate a wholesale-only 4G LTE broadband network. Read More
Minister Nsengimana urges youth to change mindsetRwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT has urged Rwandan youth to embrace change. Read More
Rwanda showcases open data systemsThe National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda has showcased its open data systems at a workshop to disseminate gender statistics for the country. Read More
Rwandan Youth aim for change through YouthConnekt DialogueThousands of Youth in Rwanda Kirehe District in Eastern Province gathered together for the YouthConnekt Dialogue this week, to see what they can do to shape a better future for Rwanda. Read More
Nsengimana urges Nyagatare residents to embrace ICTRwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has urged residents in Eastern Province to embrace and effectively use ICT. Read More
ICT4Ag conference invites content proposalsThe ICT4Ag conference, to be staged in Rwanda in November, has invited content proposals. Read More
Rwanda MYICT signs MoU with DOT RwandaDOT Rwanda has signed an agreement with the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and ICT to deliver its empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship programmes through the Ministry’s YEGO centres. Read More
Minister Nsengimana commends Africa Digital Media AcademyRwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has commended the Africa Digital Media Academy for its work in teaching the youth to use ICTs. Read More
FEATURED STORYAirtime transfer big business in Ivory Coast
Airtime transferred direct to mobile is proving popular among consumers and is generating jobs in Ivory Coast.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica must think beyond blue collar jobs
Pan-African job creation initiatives need to look beyond basic job creation, to high level ICT skills development, to develop the economies, says Greg Vercellotti, executive director at Dariel Solutions.