In a significant development, the inaugural UK-Rwanda Business Forum, scheduled for January 29-31, 2024, will be jointly hosted by the British High Commission Kigali and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
This event aims to bring together senior policymakers and business leaders from both nations, fostering trade and investment. Led by UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Rwanda Lord Popat and His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, John Humphrey, the forum anticipates the participation of over 100 UK investors.
Focused on key sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, financial and professional services, the green economy, infrastructure, and critical minerals, the forum aligns with the Vision 2050 ambitions of Rwanda. It will provide a platform for high-level dialogue, networking, and discussions on business opportunities, offering UK investors insights into Rwanda’s potential.
With a commitment to inclusivity, the forum aims to empower underrepresented groups and showcase female-led businesses.
The event will feature expert keynote addresses, panel discussions, business pitches, case studies, and networking opportunities. Attendees will also have the chance to experience Rwanda’s renowned coffee through a competition and visit sites of interest and thriving businesses.
Through an article run in The East African, British High Commissioner, Omar Daair shed more light on the forum.
Kigali, emerging as a regional and continental hub, is well-connected globally, facilitated by RwandAir with six weekly flights to London. The city has gained prominence in hosting conferences and events, ranking second in Africa for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) sector.
Additionally, the country’s infrastructure, marked by extensive mobile phone coverage and a growing fiber optic network, is conducive to business activities.
He continues that the United Kingdom and Rwanda have enjoyed a robust partnership spanning many years.
"Collaborating on various development initiatives, our focus has been on fostering trade, investment, and shared global objectives.
Over the past five years, bilateral trade has surged from $25 million in 2017 to $51 million in 2022, they believe there are significant untapped opportunities for further enhancement. We eagerly anticipate welcoming numerous guests to Kigali and witnessing local businesses exhibit their achievements."