Fifty members of Private Sector Federation (PSF) have left for Uganda to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (Chogm) slated for next week.
John Paul Kalisa, the PSF director for Regional Integration Trade said the move is to help Rwanda network with other Chogm private sector members. He reasons that the Rwandans will get more exposure under the commonwealth business forum.
The forum will focus on new opportunities for investment partnerships across different regions within the Commonwealth and internationally. Rwanda was invited by Uganda to attend the Commonwealth meeting as a special guest.
“The forum will also highlight East African Community’s advantages, opportunities, and position as a trade and investment hub of which Rwanda is a member country having joined this year,” Kalisa said.
“This is an opportunity to present Rwanda business profiles and undertakings which portray the investment environment as we Rwanda will also participate in debates on investment issues.”
The Chogm Business Forum is aimed at promoting practices and policies for the enhancement of global trade and investment.
The forum also provides new opportunities for business networking and partnerships, drawing on the Commonwealth’s comparative advantage in areas such as services, information and communications technology, banking and financial services, manufacturing, agriculture, and natural resources.
“Rwanda as a growing economy has a lot of challenges, especially access to finance and small and medium enterprises’ development that will call for attention and debates from Chogm members,” he said.
President Paul Kagame is expected to address the Commonwealth Business Forum on business opportunities within the region.