Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2005
DTIS update 2011
WTO accession 1996

With EIF support, the Ministry of Trade and Industry now has a unit that ensures synergies and sustainability for externally funded partnerships, and that coordinates donor‑funded projects relating to Aid for Trade and investment. EIF also worked with the Government to ensure trade priorities were integrated into the second phase of the country's Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy 2013-2018.

Along with development partners, EIF is implementing targeted strategic support in Rwanda with strong emphasis on women's economic empowerment in relation to cross-border trade, and EIF's work in the country has spurred tens of millions of dollars in additional investments by partners.

MOU 20/10/09
Budget 1'634'400
End date 30/09/16

EIF worked at enabling the Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) to effectively steer the in-country EIF process and increase ownership of trade‑related technical assistance.


  • Updated National Export Strategy implementation plans for key export clusters (coffee, tea, mining, horticulture, construction materials, handicrafts, tourism, ICT).
  • EIF National Implementation Unit participated in four bilateral negotiations in four national monitoring committee meetings on the elimination of Non‑Tariff Barriers (NTBs) that led to the removal of some NTBs.
  • 30 staff from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) were trained in e‑waste management, consumer protection techniques, project management, trade negotiations and IT.
  • 54 artisan exporters were supported to attend Jua Kali regional trade fairs.
  • 5 exporters attended international trade fairs in the USA.
  • SOPYRWA, a local company that works with chrysanthemums, received financial support to access markets in Europe and America and, as a results, two major contracts were signed.
MOU 15/01/15
Budget 3'485'870
End date 30/09/18

EIF is working to comprehensively improve Rwanda's cross-border business environment by addressing institutional mechanisms, trade-related capacities and strategic trade support infrastructure with the aim to improve the earning potential of those engaged in Cross‑Border Trade (CBT) in Rwanda, of which 74% are women.


  • A cross‑border trade coordination unit with six field staff was established.
  • The construction of the cross‑border market in Cyanika has been launched. The bills of quantities for the market centres in Karongi and Burera have been revised.
  • Data collection systems have been harmonized with those of the National Bank of Rwanda to ensure that accurate trade data is collected and can be used for future planning.
  • Rwanda Pilot Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in the EIF (2011)

  • Action Plan: The Integrated Framework Process in Rwanda (2006)

  • Rwanda Action Matrix (2005)

  • Rwanda Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) (2005)

  • Rwanda Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) (2008-2012)

  • Rwanda Diagnostic Trade Integration Study Update (DTISU) (2011)

  • EIF Public Forum: Gender Session (2016)

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  • Partnering up to Support Cross-Border Trade Prosperity in Rwanda (2016)

  • EIF in Rwanda (2016)


Anna Gibson
Donor Facilitator, Department for International Development, UK

Robert Opirah
Director General in charge of Trade and Investment