Using trade to propel high growth: Lessons from Rwanda’s export performance in the past decade

Project report Trade, State Effectiveness, Firms and Exports

Rwanda’s ambitious growth plan to achieve middle-income status by 2035 will depend centrally on its ability to tap into regional and global export markets.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Rwanda's exports plummeted across almost all major export categories- coffee, tea, minerals, other exports, and re-exports. This study therefore analyses Rwanda’s export performance over the past decade to glean insights into areas requiring more policy attention. It looks at successes and gaps with the goal of proposing a set of actionable recommendations for the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the other Ministries and agencies within government.