By Daniel Sabiiti
The Minister for Trade, Industry and East African Affairs François Kanimba has officially assumed responsibility of running two ministries after former EAC minister Valentine Rugwabiza handed over ministerial credentials today.
After the merger of both portfolios Kanimba is expected to spur Rwanda’s performance in regional trade and step up Rwanda’s performance in exports to the region especially with the new made-in- Rwanda agenda.
Adding value to Rwanda’s products has been a top priority agenda for former EAC minister Rugwabiza, who has been pushing the Rwanda’s private to be vigilant before assuming her new office as Rwanda’s Ambassador to the United Nations.
In 2015, Rwanda’s total trade with EAC decreased by 9.03 per cent from $651.85 million in 2014 to $592.96 million, according to figures from National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda.
“Merging the two ministries makes a lot of sense from the coordination perspective. This will maximize efficiency in delivery” Kanimba said.
Kanimba is expected to work closely with former Trade Ministry Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Hategeka, who was also appointed as Rwanda’s Coordinator in the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP).
In the same ceremony held at the ministry offices also saw former Trade Ministry Permanent PS Hategeka also handed over to the new PS Innocent Safari Innocent, who has been serving as an advisor to Kanimba.
Safari said that with help of Kanimba Rwanda will deliver more than 90% of the projects trade related projects among its EAC activities.