Rwanda Standards Board launches online platform to automate its services

RWANDA – The Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) has launched a Single Window Information for Trade (SWIFT), a US$ 125,000 project financed by USAID Rwanda through TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), effectively automating all its services. The automation is expected to drastically reduce the time and cost of seeking various services from the board by the business community and other clients due to shift from the manual system that required many physical visits to the board. Among the new and enhanced services now available online are applications for System Certification, Training, Made…

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Rwanda National Police dispose of nabbed substandard alcoholic brands

RWANDA – The Rwanda National Police (RNP) have disposed of over 2,020 litres of assorted illicit and substandard alcohol seized from producers and local bars in Kirehe District in partnership with local leaders and residents. The psychotropic drinks valued at over Frw 2 million (USD 1927.37) include Gubwa neza, bonne chance, Ubuzima ntabwo, Imanzi, Gikundiro Tangawizi and Isano Ginger Drink. Psychotropic drinks affect how the brain works and cause changes in mood, awareness, thoughts, feelings, or behavior. The drinks were produced without approval from Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) and used…

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Rwanda FDA urge manufacturers to seek advertising approval for products

RWANDA – The Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA) has announced to stakeholders involved in the business of regulated products that promoting, informing or advertising regulated products should be done subsequent to obtaining approval. The regulated products listed include processed food for humans and animals, food supplements, fortified foods, food fortification, labels, packages, and raw materials used in the manufacture of regulated products as well as laboratory and cleaning chemicals and pesticides. According to the agency, all promotions and advertising materials of regulated products are screened and approved by…

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Rwanda warms up to biotech, creates OFAB chapter

RWANDA – Rwanda has joined  seven other African countries in forming a country chapter of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), a platform that creates awareness on agricultural biotechnology in Africa, gesticulating its growing receptivity toward agricultural biotechnology. OFAB has chapters in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania. “By embracing technological upgrading and building capacity for our farmers and rural value chain actors, I believe they will make informed decisions to be at par with the rest of African countries who are already benefiting from agricultural…

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Rwanda, Ghana deliberate on effective ways of collaboration

RWANDA – The Rwandan High Commissioner to Ghana, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira has paid a courtesy call on the Director-General (DG) of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Alexander Dodoo, to confer on ways the two agencies can work together efficiently. The purpose of the visit was to explore ways the two institutions could implement the policy objectives inherent in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), among other trade-related issues. The High Commissioner was accompanied by the First Secretary and Head of Economic Diplomacy at the Rwandan High Commission, Jackson Ngabonziza.…

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