The African Women’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) has announced that Kigali, Rwanda will be the host city for its 2023 conference and awards.
The announcement was made in collaboration with the Rwanda Convention Bureau during the AWIEF2022 event recently held in Cairo, Egypt on September 26-27.
The venue for the AWIEF2023 conference has been confirmed to be the Kigali International Convention Center (KICC), a landmark in the capital’s landscape.
The official announcement was made after a very special and colorful reveal of the host city by a Rwandan delegation at AWIEF2022.
The delegation included the Rwandan Ambassador to Egypt, HE Alfred Gakuba Kalisa; Esther Kunda, Director General, Innovation and Emerging Technologies, Rwandan Ministry of ICT and Innovation; members of the Women’s Section of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation and representatives of the Rwanda Convention Bureau.
Ambassador Kalisa told delegates in Cairo, “We are all here grateful and honored by AWIEF’s decision to hold its annual meeting next year in Kigali. Under the leadership of His Excellency President Paul Kagame, Rwanda has placed gender equality as a key plan of our governance.
“However, women are still largely represented in the informal sector, in micro-enterprises. Elevating this large segment of our productive population into the formal sector would require sustained, technological and financial efforts from all stakeholders and continued strong advocacy from AWIEF.
“Rest assured that the Rwandan government, through the Rwanda Convention Bureau, will ensure that your stay in Kigali is enjoyable and productive.”
AWIEF Founder and CEO, Irene Ochem, said, “Kigali is one of the most exciting cities in Africa today and is an important hub for business, technology and innovation. on the continent. Rwanda is also at the forefront of gender equality and inclusion in corporate governance and leadership. It is an ideal country to host the high-level and dynamic discussions on women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, investment, technology and innovation in Africa that are hallmarks of an AWIEF conference.
Entering its ninth year, AWIEF’s award-winning annual conference is one of the continent’s premier innovation and entrepreneurship events.
The conference brings together senior government leaders, entrepreneurs, start-ups, thought leaders, policy makers, international development partners, investors, CSOs, academics and media for dialogue and discussions on issues of women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, investment, technology and innovation in Africa.
The more than 60 global speakers at AWIEF2022 included H.E. Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, Egyptian Minister for International Cooperation, H.E. Ms. Nivine El-Kabbag , Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity , Solomon Quaynor, Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, African Development Bank, Maya Morsy, President, National Council for Women, Egypt, Elena Panova, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Egypt , Jackie Jones, Director, Gender Equality Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Izabela Milewska, Global Head of Digital Skills, Amazon Web Services.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF).
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