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    The key objectives of TRAIDE Rwanda are to to support Dutch companies in Rwanda, attract new Dutch investors and contribute to sustainable private sector development.TRAIDE Rwanda started in 2019 and is funded by and implemented in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kigali. 

    Investment opportunities 

    Dutch investments in Rwanda have steadily increased in recent years. In terms of both invested capital and the number of investments, the Netherlands is the third largest investor in Rwanda from the European Union. Large Dutch multinationals, such as Unilever, Heineken, DSM and KLM, have been present in Rwanda for a long time. Market entries by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the Netherlands are a more recent phenomenon. There is great variety among Dutch businesses operating in Rwanda in terms of size, sector and business models. Dutch businesses are active across a wide range of sectors, including agriculture (both crops and livestock), education, energy, finance, food & beverages, IT, textiles & clothing, and services (including tourism).

    Rwanda has competitive advantages in terms of its climate, labour costs, high security, political stability, and infrastructure supporting air transport. Business Opportunity Reports are available for dairy, energy, floriculture and horticulture, poultry, spices and herbs. The TRAIDE team can provide advice on the business climate and sector-specific business models. Moreover, it has a strong local network including local businesses, government institutions and development organisations.

    About TRAIDE Rwanda

    TRAIDE Rwanda is a programme carried out by the TRAIDE Foundation to support Dutch companies in Rwanda. Its main objectives are:

    1. Increase Dutch investments in and trade with Ethiopia
    2. Provide support to existing investors and associations active in Rwanda
    3. Support companies in improving their RBC (Responsible Business Conduct)
    4. Build local capacity that can drive trade and investments in the future

    TRAIDE Rwanda offers market intelligence (Business Opportunity Reports), matchmaking between Dutch and Ethiopian businesses (individual linkages, and trade missions), project development (impact and investor clusters), and responsible business conduct trainings. TRAIDE Rwanda offers market intelligence (Business Opportunity Reports), matchmaking between Dutch and Ethiopian businesses (individual linkages, and trade missions), project development (impact and investor clusters), and responsible business conduct trainings.

    Key Partners

    The status of the relationship between the Netherlands and Rwanda is ‘in transition’. The Netherlands Embassy has set a clear target to transform the bilateral relationship, moving from aid towards trade. This decision resonates with the national development strategy of the Rwandan government, which aims to halt inflows of development aid. Now, local and international private sector actors need to take over: development processes will be led by the private sector. The Rwandan government has assigned an important role to the private sector in the realisation of the national development strategy. Many government policies and programmes are focused on private sector-led development and seek to support a strong enabling environment for businesses. Rwandan commitment to support the private sector is demonstrated by the 2015 Public-Private Partnership and Investment Promotion laws, Special Economic Zones and export facilities, and the restructuring of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). The TRAIDE team seeks to work with the Rwandan government to realise our shared objectives.

    Services

    The products and services of TRAIDE are offered on demand basis, continuously adjusting to the needs of the private sector as well as to the requests of government agencies or Non-Governmental Organizations.

    Integrated Cluster Development

    Facilitating the development and management of investment efforts by Dutch consortia

    Responsible Business Support

    Promoting responsible business practices by tailoring investments to local needs

    Business Opportunity Reports

    Providing business opportunities based on market intelligence

    Market Linkages

    Facilitating investors and trading companies to find customers and partners

    Front Office Support

    Offering technical, legal, financial and HR advice for the operation of your business

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