Rwanda Investment Mission 2017

OCTOBER 25TH – 28TH 2017

Background Information
The EAA has been invited by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the investment promotion arm of the government, to organise and lead an Investment Mission to the country from October 25th – 28th 2017.  The EAA knows Rwanda well, regularly covering political and economic events in the country via our six-weekly newsletter and has established close relationships with the government, donor/diplomatic community and the domestic private sector there over many years.  This will be the fifth such mission we have organised and we wish to invite both EAA members and various non-members to join us for what should be an interesting and insightful visit to one of Africa’s fastest-growing, business-friendly nations.

The capital, Kigali, never ceases to amaze because of its cleanliness, orderly traffic and well-developed layout, in stark contrast to many other major cities in the region.  It boasts an increasing number of first class hotels and restaurants and the benefits of rapid economic development over the past two decades are visible everywhere, from smart new office buildings and residential estates to green parks and smooth tarmacked roads across the country.

With a population of around 12 million people, Rwanda is an active member of the East African Community (EAC) and its President, Paul Kagame, a man who most people acknowledge as the principal architect of the country’s remarkable development success story, looks set to commence a third seven-year term following elections due to be held on August 4th this year.  In what is a relatively unstable region, bordered as it is by Burundi and the DRC, Rwanda has not only been peaceful for the past twenty years it has also managed to achieve average economic growth of around 7-8% and has the enviable reputation for being one of the highest ranked in Africa for “Ease of Doing Business” by the World Bank.

Aim of the Mission
The mission for most participants will commence in Nairobi on October 25th where they will be able to attend an EAA members’ breakfast regional meeting to hear briefings on other Eastern Africa countries to provide some useful and relevant background information about the broader business opportunities that may be of interest.  We will then fly to Kigali and the main focus then will be on investment in Rwanda, with the support of the RDB and the national government.  A more detailed proposed programme is attached, outlining the presentations that will be provided as part of a formal meeting as well as some of the useful networking social functions that will be organised for participants.  These will include EAA members, mainly based in Kenya, as well as representatives from other European Africa business Associations and non-members from a variety of different organisations.

Delegates will mostly be staying at the prestigious Kigali Serena hotel, where a special group rate of US$ 220 has been negotiated for a single standard room per night. Participants will be free to make other accommodation arrangements if they so choose and payment for all hotel bills will be for the individual’s own account.

Participation fees per delegate

EAA members £550
Non-members £650

These fees include attendance of the Nairobi EAA members’ breakfast meetings on October 25th, bus to Nairobi airport, evening cocktail reception in Kigali that day, the formal meeting, lunch and evening reception on Thursday October 26th and the day trips outside the capital we are planning to arrange on Friday the 27th, followed by a cultural evening/dinner to close the mission.

Airfares to/from Rwanda will be for each delegates’ own accounts.

If you would be interested in joining us for this exciting venture to a country that is guaranteed to surprise you, please complete the attached application form as soon as possible.

John Small
Chief Executive, Eastern Africa Association, UK