Strengthening the intra-regional cooperation with the ACP

 

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 29, 2016: The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat), organised and executed a Study Tour to Kigali, Rwanda from July 20-22, 2016.

The Rwanda Study Tour responds to the needs for technical assistance and capacity-building identified by the Center for Facilitation of Investments of Haiti (CFI) and the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), to strengthen their business climate and the services provided to investors, under the framework of the Haiti-DR Binational Programme implemented under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

This study tour sought to strengthen intra-ACP cooperation and served to expose CFI and CEI-RD to good practices on “one-stop shop” tools for Investment and Investment Promotion as exemplified by the RDB who had over the years improved Rwanda’s international image resulting in increased investments. Being a truly a one-stop-shop for all investors, the RDB was set up by bringing together all the government agencies responsible for the entire investor experience under one roof. This includes key agencies responsible for business registration, investment promotion, environmental clearances, privatization and specialist agencies, which support the priority sectors of ICT and tourism, as well as SMEs and human capacity development in the private sector.

In addition, the delegation undertook a site visit and tour to the Private Sector Federation of Kigali; ADMA International Ltd., a biscuit manufacturing company located at the special economic zone in Kigali; the Akilah Institute which offers a unique model of market-relevant education that enables young women to achieve economic independence and obtain leadership roles in the workplace and in society; and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a pan-African network of centres of excellence enabling Africa’s talented students to become innovators driving the continent’s scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency.

This activity promoted South-South cooperation and exchange of best practices with ACP countries, with the purpose to create strategic partnerships and expand CFI’s and CEI-RD’S network.