President Paul Kagame and President Yoweri Museveni are to launch the inaugural Global African Investment Summit
KIGALI, 05-09-16 – African leaders, heads of state, senior policymakers and influential business leaders will be gathering at The Global African Investment Summit COMESA & Government of Rwanda (TGAIS – COMESA Rwanda). The summit which begins today will be focused on accelerating African economic integration through trade and investment and will explore various topics that are crucial to the development and growth of the continent.
Hosted by His Excellence, President Paul Kagame, the prestigious summit has attracted heavyweight global investors, private sector project owners, government ministers and public sector representatives. They will meet to discuss foreign investment opportunities, agribusiness, ICT and energy development, amongst other topics. Also in attendance will be H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda. Both President Kagame and President Museveni will take part in the interactive opening thought leadership panel, discussing the main themes and issues around the challenges and opportunities presented by the African economic landscape.
The two day conference is intended to be a networking platform that will facilitate investment deals and transactions between bankable projects, businesses and high net worth investors.
Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General of COMESA, who will be in attendance at the summit comments: “The Global African Investment Summit COMESA & Government of Rwanda will be the rallying cry for investors to come together and trigger deals that will potentially herald a new era for Africa, one that stimulates social and economic development, and uplifts the living standards of Africa’s populace. This will transform and modernise the African economy and ultimately strengthen our union.”
His Excellency Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda states: “We do not need to dwell too much on reminders that investment and good governance are critically important, and that integration is profoundly in Africa’s interest. We know it, we believe in it. What remains is just to be doing what is necessary to make it reality. Africa cannot just remain a story about huge potential that never materialises. Something has to give. Postponing our priorities and delaying our commitments are the most expensive mistakes that Africa can make. There is nothing we are waiting for, and nothing we lack. Let’s work together across sectors and borders with the right mindset of urgency, and build the Africa we want.”
The conference will facilitate trade and investment across the COMESA region, and is expected to be pivotal in Africa’s economic and development journey.
The Global African Investment Summit COMESA & Government of Rwanda launches in Kigali, Rwanda, 5-6 September 2016. The summit is a prestigious investment and networking platform, aimed at delivering international trade and investment to Africa’s most dynamic region.
In partnership with COMESA and the Government of Rwanda, TGAIS–COMESA Rwanda is held under the patronage of His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda.
The summit will bring together global and regional investors representing US$250 billion in managed funds, with African heads of state, government ministers and private sector businesses leaders.
Rwanda offers investment opportunities and is amongst the region’s fastest growing economies. The country has been frequently on top rankings for the best place to do business and to invest in Africa, with an average GDP growth of 8% for the last decade.