"There are several countries that will take part in this forum. But this year, the guest country of honor is Rwanda. Rwandan President Paul Kagame has agreed to be present at CGECI Academy 2019, "said Stéphane Aka-Anghui, the executive director of the General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d’Ivoire (CGECI, Patronat) in a press conference on Thursday.
According to Mr. Aka-Anghui, the Rwandan president was chosen because his country has made considerable efforts to make it is business environment attractive and could share its experience with Ivorian companies.
The World Bank Doing Business report 2018 rated Rwanda 29th globally in easing business and second in Africa following Mauritius.
The 8th edition of "CGECI Academy" was initially scheduled for October 17 to 18 and was rescheduled from October 14 to 15 in Abidjan for Rwandan President Paul Kagamé to participate.
Kagame was last in Ivory Coast on 20th December 2018 when he was conferred honorary citizenship of Abidjan.
This forum, held annually since 2012 at the initiative of CGECI, aims to promote the creation of a business environment conducive to the national private sector.
Approximately 6,000 participants are expected at the 2019 edition organized around the theme "Business environment: What mechanisms to embrace for business development in Africa".
Regarding the scientific content of this forum, the speaker said that it will focus on entrepreneurship, taxation, and development among others.
"There will be more than 25 sessions, B to B meetings and workshops with nearly 140 speakers including Ivorian Ministers Emmanuel Esmel Essis and Souleymane Diarrassouba. "This forum is very important for the development of local businesses," said M’Bengue.