Regional economies relatively strong despite pandemic  

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For instance, Burundi’s raw coffee exports increased from an average of Burundian Franc (BIF) 654 ($0.34) in the Q2’2020 to BIF 4500 ($2.32) in Q3’2020, while Ugandan exports increased by approximately 21 per cent between the second and the third quarter, while in Rwanda non-mineral exports increased by 46 per cent. 

According to the AERC Executive Director Professor Ndungu, the advent of the COVID-19 sent shockwaves in the emerging new sectors, such as tourism, manufacturing and financial intermediation compromising recovery.

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Yvonne Kawira is an award winning journalist with an interest in matters, regional trade, tourism, entrepreneurship and aviation. She has been practicing for six years and has a degree in mass communication from St Paul’s University.

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