|The Tanzania - Rwanda Trade Forum hot in session in Kigali, Rwanda.|
Tanzania Truck Owners Association (TATOA) together with other local and Rwandese stakeholders recently organized a first of its kind, namely the Tanzania - Rwanda Trade Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.The forum was aimed as a networking event for high level Government officials involved in trade facilitation as well as private sector operators from both Tanzania and Rwanda.
TATOA delegation was led by its Chairperson Angelina Ngalula ; Board Directors Elias Lukumay, Chief Lusekelo Mwakibete, Rahim Dossa, Saad Ismail and its Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Kakuyu.
At the Forum, TATOA was able to hold talks and make tentative cooperation agreements with its Rwandese counterparts. One of these included a tentative agreement of cooperation with the Rwanda Transporters Association and Rwanda Freight Forwarders Association. These agreements will see members of the relative associations getting assistance when encountering problems in their counterparts’ respective countries. Theseagreements will also help boost trade between TATOA and members of the other organizations.
TATOA also held talks with the Rwanda Private Sector Foundation (RPSF) and agreed oncooperation where the RPSF indicated that they might be interested to enter into an MoU with TATOA to use members’ trucks for their transport needs. The agreement, if finalized, will see TATOA members set special rates for members of RPSF which in turn will help increase trade between members of the two organizations. TATOA also held talks with a number of individual Rwandese businesses for them to use trucks belonging to members.
The forum which is planned to be held every year was sponsored on behalf of TATOA by Bravo Logistics, Simba Logistics, Usangu Logistics, NAM Enterprises and SIMERA Transport.
Ms. Valentine Rugwabiza, Rwanda Minister of East Africa Community (right) presenting Ms. Angelina Ngalula Chairperson of TATOA a Certificate of Recognition for organising the Forum in Kigali
Ms. Valentine Rugwabiza, Rwanda Minister of East Africa Community, Ms. Angelina Ngalula Chairperson of TATOA and Tanzania Ambassador to Rwanda Hon. Saidi Siwa closely following up presentations
TATOA Board of Directors in a group photo with Minister Rugwabiza and Tanzania Ambassador to Rwanda Hon. Saidi Siwa
Ms. Valentine Rugwabiza, Rwanfa Minister of East Africa Community and Ms. Angelina Ngalula Chairperson of TATOA in a souvenir group photo of participants from both countries at the end of the historic event in Kigali.