<p>Mar 23, 2017: The Rwandan government is looking at cross-border markets planned at key border areas to improve trade and exports to the region.<br /><br />According to James Tayebwa, the in-charge of regional integration (cross-border trade) at Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs, a total of eight cross-border markets will be constructed by the government at different crossing points to facilitate trade between Rwanda and neighbouring countries – DR Congo, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania.</p> <p>Tayebwa was giving an update on the ongoing works of the Rubavu Cross-border Market that is being built by government and TradeMark East Africa. Funds for Nyamasheke, Kagitumba and Rusumo cross-border markets have also been secured and construction is expected to start in August, according Tayebwa.</p> <p>He said the government was also mobilising resources to set up cross-border markets at Nemba, Gatuna and Rwemasha markets.</p> <p>Once completed, the markets will have warehouse facilities, among others. Traders and local firms say the facilities will support cross-border businesses and could also help enhance Rwanda’s exports to the region.</p> <p>Tayebwa was optimistic the warehouses will address the challenge of lack of storage facilities by firms involved in export trade and ease access to Rwandan products by regional buyers.</p>