Business community to be linked online

Rwandan businesses will start accessing markets and other business opportunities from the Asian, Caribbean and European markets through Community of Opportunities for Development (com4dev).Com4dev is an initiative by PRO€INVEST, funded by the European Union to create an electronic information platform, which will be a state-of-the-art capacity building tool for Intermediary Organisations.

Rwandan businesses will start accessing markets and other business opportunities from the Asian, Caribbean and European markets through Community of Opportunities for Development (com4dev).

Com4dev is an initiative by PRO€INVEST, funded by the European Union to create an electronic information platform, which will be a state-of-the-art capacity building tool for Intermediary Organisations.

The local business community will benefit from the use of this web platform through relieved hassle of browsing many websites for different business, grants and investment opportunities.

The managing director imani Development East Africa, Patrick Sinnot, said the platform allows users to network and share Information on regions, countries, organisations and companies, programmes, projects, opportunities, events, people, studies, reports and best practices.

"The e-platform will enable intermediately organisations to have a higher online visibility…" he said on Thursday.

This, he said, will help local businesses to identify partners, experts and formulate fundable projects as well as exchange best practices through interaction.

Robert Twagira, a consultant who is one of the few Rwandans that have used the platform said that it helps one to advertise and present his proposals, events and projects to the whole world at no cost and also access information on different opportunities in all sectors of development.

The website www.com4dev.com is free and accessed by everyone and will host export and investments agencies, tenders and contracts, a directory of donors and funding agencies, business opportunities and revenue generating activities.

It will also provide for specialist and consultants who would wish their expertise to be hired.

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