Dear ISA MEMBERS,

WE WISH TO avail ourselves this opportunity to EXTEND AN INVITATION to you to come and hear Rwanda’s compelling narrative as one of Africa’s most innovative countries; abundant in trade and business opportunities; latest home to India’s telecoms giant, Airtel, and a country at the centre of the crossroads into the commercial heartland of East and Central Africa.

You may be pleased to know that the World Bank's Doing Business Report (2010) ranks Rwanda as the top pro-business reformer in the world. It also ranks Rwanda top in East Africa in terms of ease of doing business: 58th among 183 countries, ahead of Czech Republic (63), Turkey (65), Poland (70), Vietnam (78), China (79), Italy (80) and India (134). Rwanda is a virgin economy and ripe for immense trade and investment opportunities. Located at the heart of Africa, it is your most strategic launching pad into the East and Central African market of nearly 200 million people and a combined GDP of over US$100 Billion.

To bring these trade and investment opportunities closer to the Indian businesses, the Rt. Hon. Bernard MAKUZA, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, is himself leading a 25-person strong delegation comprising of the cream of Rwandan private and government sector leaders to Bangalore to share these business opportunities with captains of Indian industry and explore possibilities for forging mutually beneficial partnerships.

The Business Road-show, being facilitated by Rwanda High Commission in India & Rwanda Development Board in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises, will focus on the following key sectors:

  • Engineering
  • Electricals & Electronics
  • Agriculture - Agro-processing and packaging
  • Construction and Real Estate Development
  • ICT including software & BPO
  • Infrastructure (airport, roads, hotels/lodges)
  • Mining and mineral beneficiation
  • Energy, including Renewables
  • Pharmaceuticals and health services
  • Education (Graduate and technical training)
  • Manufacturing –textiles and garments
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Banking and Financial Services

Discussions at the Road-show will focus on trade, investments, joint ventures, technology supplies and sourcing of expertise across the above sectors. A plenary session will be followed by interactive B2Bs at hotel The Leela Palace Kempinski, Bangalore, on 20th of October 2011. We look forward to welcoming you at this gathering of Rwandan and Indian entrepreneurs. Kindly confirm your attendance and indicate your sector of interest so that we may be able to make appropriate arrangements for your participation in both the plenary as well as B2Bs.

A formal e-invitation along with the event programme is attached. Kindly note, no charges are applicable with this invite, but due to security reasons prior confirmation is a must.

While awaiting your confirmation, do please accept assurances of our highest consideration and esteem.