Deriving maximum benefit from small-scale cross border trade between DRC and Rwanda

Thousands of small-scale traders cross the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda every day, selling or purchasing goods, and facilitating access to goods and services unavailable in their own countries. However, some important questions related to this business remain. This report seeks to address some of these questions, including: the identification of the types of infrastructure needed by small-scale cross-border traders for improving their working conditions; the role played by cooperatives and small-scale traders’ associations; and the level of awareness and observance among small-scale cross-border traders and border officials of the existing CEPGL and COMESA trading protocols.