Rwanda Day 2024: A glance at planned activities

By Esther Muhozi
On 31 January 2024 at 11:11

In just a few days, approximately 5,000 individuals will converge in Washington DC for Rwanda Day, a gathering that was on hiatus for four years due to various reasons. This year’s event is scheduled to take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on February 2 and 3, 2024.

Arthur Asiimwe, the Deputy Head of Mission at Rwanda’s Embassy in Washington DC, shared insights on the planned activities during this year’s Rwanda Day in a recent interview with Ally Soudy On Air. He highlighted the enthusiasm, with over 7,000 people having already registered, underscoring the eagerness of Rwandans living abroad to reconnect with their Head of State.

On February 2, 2024, in the afternoon, a Business Forum will unite 400 to 500 traders from Rwanda and the diaspora with American counterparts.

The forum aims to explore investment opportunities in Rwanda and how these can be further developed. A panel discussion is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., followed by individual reflections on work experiences.

The main event unfolds on Saturday, February 3, 2024, with a series of talks preceding the Head of State’s address. Discussions will cover sovereignty, security, economic and social issues, as well as opportunities in sports. Participants will have the chance to engage in a Q&A session with the Head of State, followed by socializing and entertainment.

Asiimwe urged attendees to arrive early, as pre-event activities include the Made in Rwanda exhibition featuring around 20 companies. Various government agencies, including RSSB and immigration agencies among others, will offer services on-site, ensuring attendees can address their concerns without the need to travel to Rwanda.

The event will also feature a Career Corner, where companies will provide advice to individuals seeking employment. Thirteen participating companies will discuss opportunities in Rwanda, guiding attendees on where to focus their efforts in terms of knowledge and skills.

To cater to parents, a children’s room will be available, alleviating concerns about childcare during the event. Rwanda Day, which began in 2010 in Brussels, has become a tradition, with previous gatherings in cities such as Chicago, Paris, Boston, London, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Ghent, and Bonn, the most recent one being held in 2019 in Germany.

Rwanda Day began in 2010 in Brussels and has become a tradition.