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The International Growth Center has just published our paper on Rwanda’s merchandise export sector, entitled Understanding Rwanda’s Export Sector (click here to read).

This paper was prepared for the International Growth Center and is part of the Learning-to-Compete program of the Africa Growth Initiative.

The Africa Growth Initiative is a collaborative research program of the African Development Bank, the Brookings Institute, the Global Development Network, and the United Nations University.


The main objective of this policy paper is to explore the dynamics of Rwanda’s merchandise exports sector, focusing on destination discovery, product discovery and firm level performance. For Rwandan policy-makers, this paper presents:

(i) a new and structured way of understanding and analysing Rwanda’s performance as an exporter based on filtered and cleaned official exports data; and

(ii) insights on current and likely future trends.