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Country Brief

Rwanda is a landlocked, sovereign state in central and east Africa that suffered large scale devastation from a genocide in 1994. Since then, the Government has stabilised the political situation, while putting the economy back on track with considerable assistance from development partners. Rwanda is part of the Common Markets of Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Eastern African Community (EAC). Rwanda‘s main trading partners in the EAC region are Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya and it has been a member of WTO since 1996.

ITC has been a signing agency for Rwanda's United Nations Development Assistance Program (UNDAP) for 2013-18 and is one of the key UN agencies in Rwanda tasked to drive private sector and SME development work under the UNDAP. ITC is currently in the process of designing a project to boost the competitiveness of Rwandan exporters in selected SME clusters, as prioritised by the Government.

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Export potential

Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.