PSF’S Namara appointed Trade Mark East Africa Rwanda’s Chief

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Hannington Namara

 Hardly after two years as the Chief Executive Officer at the country’s private sector umbrella- Private Sector Federation, Hannington  Namara shifts  to trade Mark East Africa as country Manager for Rwanda, making him the first  Rwanda to head the US funded trade facilitation project.

Namara replaces Mark Priestly who is moving to Nairobi as the project’s regional officer.

Trade Mark East Africa is part of trade Africa’s United States initiative that aims to double intra-regional trade in the EAC to enhance regional exports to the United States by 40 percent, reduce average time needed to import or export a container from the ports of Mombasa or Dar es Salaam to land-locked Burundi and Rwanda in the EAC’s interior by 15 percent.

Namara  who will assume office in the mid  next  month, will have a task  ahead of  him in helping Rwanda increase its competitiveness to  take up a share in the regional market but also boost  its export receipts needed to  balance the  trade deficit.

“I will continue supporting Rwanda’s growth…,” Namara said

Experts believe that the major focus at hand   is increasing market access, enhanced trade environment; and increased product competitiveness.

Moreover,  trade Mark East Africa has put to  help the country increase its competiveness mainly in promotion of cross border trade  and  easing  distance taken from the port to Kigali, a Rwandan would be the best option to push for the country’s needs.

“With his experience at the private sector, I believe Namara is the right person to give the expertise the Rwanda side needs to have a share in the regional market,” Davis Mukiza, a business expert said

Namara holds a degree in Business Administration from Makerere University Business School in Uganda and worked at Rwanda Development Board, I&M bank before joining Private sector federation.

During his tenure, he oversaw the   introduction of Golden circles, facilitating the opening of the Congo Brazzaville Market with Ministry of Trade and setting up several chambers of the Federation which have been instrumental in fostering the country’s private sector.



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