New Wholesale Market for for Kigali, Rwanda

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August 19, 2010

During July, London-based infrastructure developer Infra Co along with WUWM Member Michael Burchell, Managing Director of Burchell Consulting Limited (UK) were commissioned by the Rwandan Government to carry out a pre-feasibility study on a proposed new modern fresh produce wholesale market for fruit, vegetable and meat products in Kigali. This ambitious project would find the market located at close proximity to the international airport, acting as a catalyst to help strengthen and develop fresh agricultural trading links throughout East/Central Africa. Facilities and services on site will include: - Modern equipped units in secure trading halls - Banana ripening facilities - Sorting, grading, packing and labelling centre - Separate export trading hall - Processing Plant adjacent to the site - Cold store facilities - Commercial bank facilities The proposed project is expected to be a long term public/private sector partnership, primarily in the short term funded by the City of Kigali. The pre-feasibility study shows positive results being presented to government officials in the 3rd quarter of 2010, with an expected decision to approve the new $US30 million wholesale market project by the end of 2010. It is envisaged that the market will cater for the annual sale of over 300,000 tons of fresh produce, both for domestic and export consumption; and this is expected to increase rapidly over the coming decade as export trade increases and the domestic private processing sector further develops.