Kagame to Open 2nd East African Manufacturing Business Summit

Entry Date Apr 21 2017 // News, Events

Kagame to Open 2nd East African Manufacturing Business Summit (2EAMBS)

• Private Sector to engage Policy Makers on EAC Industrialization Policy Reforms
• Private Sector to share Perspectives on Boosting EAC Industry Value Chains

H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda has been invited to grace the official opening ceremony of the 2nd East African Manufacturing Business Summit that is scheduled to take place from 23rd to 25th of May 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. 

The 2nd East African Manufacturing Business Summit will attract over 400 stakeholders from public and private sector. Industry round table discussions on Automotive, Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics, Mining, Cement, Iron & Steel, Chemicals, Plastics & Paints, Agro-processing & Agri-business; Leather and Footwear as well as Cotton, Textiles and Apparels value chains will be held.

“Improving value addition can create more jobs opportunities for citizens, for instance under the cotton sector only 15% of EAC cotton is processed locally” said Ms. Lilian Awinja, EABC CEO.
Other high level dignitaries expected to attend include: Dr. Donald Kaberuka, African Union Commission; Hon. Liberat Mfumukeko, Secretary General of the EAC as well as the respective ministers from all EAC partner states, who shall engage the private sector on critical steps needed to leverage higher levels of investment in manufacturing.

EABC Chairman Mr. Audace Ndayizeye; Dr. Manu Chandaria, Chairman Comcraft Group; Rita Kavashe, MD, General Motors and Mr. John Musunga, CEO GlaxoSmithKline are among the heavy weight business players who will talk on industrialization, local content and competiveness aimed to improve the Manufacturing Business Environment and Investment conditions in EAC strategic Industries.

“The Summit recommendations shall be cumulated into position papers that will guide further advocacy activities aimed to hasten actualization of an industrialized East African economy by 2032” said Lilian Awinja EABC CEO.

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Notes to Editors

• The 2nd East African Manufacturing Business Summit and Exhibition, co-organized by the East African Business Council (EABC) and the East African Community (EAC). This high-level conference is co-hosted by the Rwanda Association of Manufacturers (RAM) and the Rwandan Ministry of Trade Industry & EAC Affairs and also strongly supported by all national Manufacturers’ Associations from the EAC partner States such as Industrial Association of Burundi (AIB), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) and Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA).

• The 2nd East African Manufacturing Business Summit will provide stage for discussion on cross cutting issues related to manufacturing specifically Standards and Quality Management, Industrial Skills for Manufacturing Technology & innovation, Combatting Illicit Trade, Product Piracy & Intellectual Property Violations not forgetting   Long - term and Innovative financing for the Manufacturing Sector & the involvement of the diaspora.

• The 2nd East African Manufacturing Business Summit will offer an exhibition where investors, enterprises, researchers and academia can collectively showcase new products and services as well as latest innovations in manufacturing, particularly those with relevance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

• The East African Business Council (EABC) is the apex body of business associations of the Private Sector and Corporates from the 5 East African Countries. It was established in 1997 to foster the interests of the Private Sector in the integration process of the East African Community. For more information about EABC, visit its website at www.eabc.info.

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