A delegation of 25 staff members from the Chinese Embassy in Kigali led by ambassador Henry Rao Hongwei visited Rwanda Farmers Coffee Company (RFCC), a coffee roasting plant based at National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) headquarters in Kigali
The visit aimed at getting an overview of Rwandan coffee industry and its development plan on future Chinese Market, the source of roasted coffee exported to China and getting to know coffee exporters expectations.
Hongwei said that he will take initiative to attract more investors in Rwanda by providing them with more information on available opportunities in the tea and coffee sectors.
“Rwanda is well known in China for its high-quality coffee, and of course tea. I do believe in near future there will be a big market, a big potential for Coffee and Tea produced in Rwanda,” Hongwei added.
Sandrine Urujeni, deputy CEO at NAEB, commented that exportation of roasted coffee to China is still in the trial phase but developing gradually. “We are planning for the second phase to add-in more coffee production companies as we have many roasters in the country,” Urujeni noted.
Benjamin Nkurunziza, sales and marketing manager of RFCC, said that they exported 1,600 packets of Rwanda roasted coffee weighing 550 Kg.
“The exportation of our coffee depends on made orders, that’s why we hope the Chinese Embassy in Rwanda will help us to expand our roasted coffee markets in China,” Nkurunziza added.