Rwandan and Kenyan businesswomen together are set to enhance trade relations between the two countries as they are to host first Kenya-Rwanda women trade forum. The event will include a business forum, a trade exhibition, company visits as well as a tour of the historic sites in the country.
The 3-day trade forum, which will kick off on July 25 in Kigali, is organized by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI)-Women in Business Sector in partnership with the Rwandan Private Sector Federation (PSF).
The trade forum is expected to attract up to 100 businesswomen from Kenya and Rwanda. It will provide them an occasion to network, and share knowledge and experiences in business.
It is a follow-up activity to the signing of an MoU between KNCCI and PSF in June 2015.
“The principal objective of this forum is to emphasize the role of the private sector as the foundation for economic development and prosperity of our countries, but majorly championed by successful women entrepreneurs of Kenya and Rwanda,” said PSF CEO Stephen Ruzibiza. “In this regard, together with KNCCI we will ensure enhanced business partnerships, competitiveness and profitability between our members in general and the women in business in particular.”
“In the few coming years, we want to see more of Kenya and Rwanda’s business operators, both SME and corporate, sourcing their products within their localities,” added Florence Sugut, the mission team leader from Kenya. “Trade missions such as this one are therefore organized in order to address the core gaps of our local industries provide, a solution on improving competitiveness, and facilitating intra trade within our countries. Women should be empowered in order to be at the fore front of these initiatives”
KNCCI recently launched its strategic plan recognizing the role of women in driving the economy.
One of the objectives of the forum is to promote dialogue on reducing gender disparities in entrepreneurship and enterprise development to promote competitive women enterprises in the region, and create platforms for women entrepreneurs to grow businesses.
It is also aimed at strengthening business relationships between Kenyan and Rwandan private sector members and increase intra-Africa trade and investment by initiating the formation of the East African Women in Business Council.