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We hereby declare our aim to jointly establish a GS1 Rwanda Member Organisation as part of the community of local companies interested in the use of GS1 standards.
As a supporting and upcoming member of GS1 Rwanda and as a respected authority for international business standards we will be part of the large Rwandan community of companies/organizations that promotes cooperation on eye level, by either.
- beeing users of global GS1 standards, including GS1 identification numbers to adopt global standards,
- or beeing providers of services that support the implementation of standards,
- or actively participating in organized sessions regarding the promotion of global GS1 standards

Together, we will build GS1 Rwanda

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Road to gs1 Rwanda

Let's build GS1 Rwanda together

Let’s build GS1 Rwanda together

Where do you get barcodes, how do you apply them, how to make your processes thus more efficient and how to enhance your business relations by doing so? Wouldn’t it be awesome if all of this knowledge would be easily accessible right out of Rwanda? Short distances, direct support, exchange of thoughts with a like-minded community, formation of opinions to address Rwandan business needs – all this is the prospect for a GS1 Rwanda to become a center for training, capacity building and innovative, efficient business processes. And the best: You could be provided with barcodes for your products directly from an organization in Rwanda.

Rwandan entrepreneurs will thus have it easier to participate in the global value chain and thus strengthen trade. GS1 is not a company to be established, but a global organization. To establish your own GS1 organization, different stakeholders need to come together as a community and jointly submit an application to GS1 Global. To ensure that this is successful, we are at your side as a project team and with our experts from GS1 Germany to support you throughout the entire process.

To achieve our goal, we are holding several workshops and community breakfasts so that you, as entrepreneurs, can gather information and organize together. The workshop is planned for November. All IT entrepreneurs, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and producers are invited to participate. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact us anytime.


  • GS1 standards are the most widely used system of standards in the world.
  • By enabling the sharing of trusted quality data everywhere, they tell the story behind products—where they originated, what they contain and where they have been during their supply-chain journey. This, in turn, removes friction between business partners and improves performance and safety across the entire supply chain.
  • GS1 standards are absolutely necessary if a producer wants to reach the “normal” consumer in supermarkets - instead of niche economies like “One World Shops”.
  • Building up a community of manufacturers, logistics and retailers who regularly exchange ideas to find solutions to their problems, establish contacts and think up innovations.
  • Bringing Rwandan businesses a higher margin by building an economic community.
  • Making Rwandan products more visible.

GS1 Solutions

Only the interaction of GS1 standards such as GTIN and barcode makes it possible to control business processes across company boundaries. GS1 Solutions are certain application areas of GS1 that are often cross-industry and cross-standard. They may vary from Member Organisation to Member Organisation.

Master Data
Supply Chain Management
Efficient Consumer Response
EDI practice
Online commerce
Internet of Things (IoT)


Application in easy steps

What demonstration needed for application.


  • Broad Support from Trade and Industry
  • Demand for GS1 Standards and Services
  • Recognised Authority for GS1 matters
  • Composition Management Board

Finance & Technical

  • Business Plan
  • Financial Resources
  • Technical Competence running GS1 Rwanda


  • Establishing Legal Entity (not-for-profit)

Draft timeline for application Process


To join the journey to set up GS1 Rwanda, you have to be part of the community expressing interest in using GS1 standards. Being part of the community requires joining the community by providing few information about your organization to ensure the community is created. You can support by:

  • Promoting the GS1 Rwanda project in your network, invite people to our events, and spread the word

  • Feel free to join Workshops, Breakfasts, and Task Forces

  • We need to prove, that there is a demand in our country, so join the community as a supporter. You won't get any advertising emails from us unless you want them. But if you like, we’ll show your company's logo on our website as a sign of support of the initiative.


GS1 Rwanda application requires the involvement and engagement of benefiting companies to be part of the application process. Flagship companies are volunteering organizations participating and providing inputs to ensure the application reflects the benefits of beneficiaries. Inputs are gathered through community breakfasts organized with experts to jointly put together application documents. Among flagship, companies include:

Workshop Area


Application Process:

Application Process and Timeline


GS1 Barcode Printing - 5 Steps to your barcode

GS1 Barcodes- Core is EAN

GS1 Identification Keys - GTIN

GS1 Usecases

General Information:

GS1 System Architecture

Handout GS1

Business Model Canvas


Contact us


+250 781 375971

Fairview Building, KG 622 Avenue Kigali, Rwanda


Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e. V. (BITMi)

+49 241 1890558

Pascalstr. 6, 52076 Aachen


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