When? 26 and 27 June 2023
Where? Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda

Rwanda and the EU are key economic partners. EU investment represents more than 32% of Rwanda’s total FDI stock and is expanding. Rwanda boasts the highest growth among EAC countries, the second highest Doing Business Ranking in Africa, and has the vision to become a middle-income country by 2035. With its excellent business environment, its world-class business facilitation ecosystem, its young and dynamic population (65% below 30), and its stable economy, Rwanda is an ideal location for trade and investment, as well as the perfect  regional hub and springboard to other EAC markets.

The EU-Rwanda Business Forum aims to foster European trade & investment in Rwanda by highlighting economic opportunities and potential and showcasing Rwanda’s advantages as a regional hub. The event will promote Rwanda as a business destination, boost EU investment to create decent jobs and promote sustainable and diversified growth. In addition, the Business Forum will also feature development finance institutions which will explore investment opportunities under the European Fund for Sustainable Development +, one of the Global Gateway’s funding tools.

The event will be open to all interested sectors with a particular focus on agriculture/agro-processing, mining/raw material value chains, health and pharmaceutical sector and green economy.

The EU-Rwanda Business Forum will be the first of its kind. It is enshrined in the EU-Rwanda partnership to facilitate bilateral trade and investment relations. It will be held in Kigali in June 2023 and includes a platform for direct interaction between companies (B2B) and between firms and policy makers (B2G).

Jointly organised by the EU, its Member States and Rwanda Development Board in partnership with the European Business Chamber of Rwanda and Rwandan private sector, the forum will be an opportunity for exchange of information, dialogue and networking. It will feature a first segment dealing with cross cutting issues linked to trade and investment in the country and will be followed by breakout sessions on the selected strategic sectors, namely agriculture/ agriprocessing, health and pharmaceutical, mining, green and sustainable economy. Specific panels will showcase business cases and opportunities.

For more information, please see the event website.

Linked to the business forum, EU companies (operating in Rwanda or interested to start operations in Rwanda) are invited to fill in an online survey to shape the discussions of this Business Forum. Replies are confidential and will only be accessible to selected Commission’s staff.