Business Women from Kenya and Rwanda converge in Kigali

At least 100 women in business are expected to attend the first Kenya-Rwanda women trade meet slated for Monday in Kigali.

The event will feature a business forum, mini exhibition, business to business and company visits as well as tour of the country’s historic sites.

Organized by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Rwanda Private Sector Federation, the event will run from July 25 to 28 at the Serena Hotel.

The women delegation is expected to be led by Kenya’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East African Affairs, travelling to Kigali to network and share knowledge and experiences in business with the women counterparts in Rwanda, according to a statement.

The event is targeting key participants, who include SMEs, and other corporate women business owners.

It aims to promote joint 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 as part of women empowerment strategy.

It is also expected to strengthen business relationship between Kenya and Rwanda private sector members and increase intra-Africa trade and investment by initiating the formation of the East African Women in Business Council.

Speaking ahead of the workshop, Stephen Ruzibiza, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation said the principle objective of the particular trade mission is to emphasize the role of the private sector as the foundation for economic development and prosperity of the two countries.

“Going forward, together we will ensure enhanced business partnership, competitiveness and profitability between our members in general and the women in business in particular,” he said.

Mary Muthoni, the Chairperson of Women in Business Committee of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, said in the coming years, there is need to see more of Kenya and Rwanda’s business operators both SME and corporate, sourcing their products within their localities.

“Trade missions such as this one therefore are organized in order to addresses the core gaps of our local industries, and provide a solution on improving competitiveness and facilitating intra trade within our countries. Women should hence be empowered in order to be at the fore front of these initiatives,” she said.