Background

The Ministry of Trade Industry and Industry (MINICOM) through its Single Project Implementation Unit collaboration with other Government agencies is implementing Great Lakes Trade Facilitation (GLTF) project which is focusing on improving regional trade infrastructure and in particular, remove all sorts of border constraints to regional trade. The project is currently supporting efforts for reducing non-tariff barriers to intra-regional trade, by improving regional environments for business and by supporting regional measures to improve governance.

In addition, the project is exploring ways of addressing underlying sources of conflict as well as poverty and under-development at the Rwandan border with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as contributing to the attainment of key regional commitments on Peace and Security. Cross-border trade will be used as a toll for stimulating and facilitating agricultural trade and increasing resilience and social cohesion.