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Economic Mission in Rwanda and Ethiopia

Economic Mission in Rwanda and Ethiopia

Are you on the lookout for new markets in Eastern Africa? In collaboration with AWEX, we’d like to invite you along on an economic and trade mission across industries which we’ll visit in Rwanda and Ethiopia from October 11th to 20th, 2021. Grab this unique opportunity to grow your business in this highly dynamic region!

After a period of stagnation due to the health situation, how about exploring the East African markets? While Rwanda offers growth prospects for many industries, Ethiopia can count on an enormous market of more than 112 million inhabitants. 

Whatever branch you’re in, this prospecting mission represents a real opportunity to gain a foothold in the business world and meet local officials, as well as the chambers of commerce and the Belgian community in the area.

Let’s find our way back to the African markets 

For nine days, we’ll accompany you while prospecting in Rwanda and Ethiopia, pointing you in the right direction based on what domain you’re in (specific logistic support, visits to relevant companies, etc.). 

Through our network and privileged contacts in the region, we’ll gladly introduce you to potential partners, offering you a perspective on concrete business proposals at the end of the mission.

Useful information

  • English: main language during the mission
  • Registration required

Participation fee

After registering, you will receive a business questionnaire, which we will use to draw up your personal appointment schedule, as well as an invoice to pay the registration fee. This amounts to:

  • €100 for SMEs;
  • €300 for companies with more than 250 workers.

Financial support

Don’t hesitate to use any of the financial incentives offered by the Brussels-Capital Region. These can cover up to 50% of your travel and subsistence expenses (only valid for SMEs). Please note, your intervention request must be submitted no later than October 8, 2021.

Promising sectors in Eastern Africa:

  • Agriculture and food industry
  • Construction
  • Water and sanitation
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Medical and pharmaceutical
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • New information and communication technologies (NICT)
  • Tourism

Programme

The mission in Rwanda

  • Sunday, October 10
    • Flight to Kigali (hotel yet to be confirmed).
  • Monday, October 11
    • A 24-hour quarantine may be observed at the hotel.
  • Tuesday, October 12
    • Welcome speech by the Ambassador; the Minister of Trade and Industry; Rwanda Development Board (RDB); AWEX; and the presentation of the Rwandan economic actors (as the RDB and the Private Sector Federation).
    • B2B speed dating sessions organised by AWEX and planning of future appointments.
    • Workshop “Doing Business in Rwanda”.
    • Cultural evening.
  • Wednesday, October 13
    • Speed dating sessions according to your requests.
  • Meeting the first leads according to your agenda.
  • B2G sessions according to your needs (such as the Rwanda Energy Group, the Water and Sanitation Corporation, the Ministries of Infrastructure, Economy, Finance and Industry and Trade, etc.)
  • Possible tour of startup accelerators.
  • Reception at the Belgian Residence for a networking session with the delegation, guests from Belgian companies, officials, the Belgian community, etc.
  • Thursday, October 14
    • Speed dating sessions
  • Possible return flight (AM with Rwandair; PM with SN), if you are only participating in the mission in Rwanda.
  • Friday, October 15
    • Visit of the Kigali Genocide Memorial and Camp Kigali.
    • Visit to a local company (yet to be confirmed).
    • Late afternoon flight from Kigali to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines. Arrival in the evening and transfer to the hotel (yet to be confirmed).

The mission in Ethiopia

  • Saturday, October 16
    • A 24-hour quarantine may be observed at the hotel.
  • Sunday, October 17
    • Cultural day.
    • Evening briefing with a presentation of the MCC team.
  • Monday, October 18
    • A welcome breakfast with a welcome speech from the Ambassador, the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and AWEX. Followed by a presentation of the Ethiopian’s Investment Commission (EIC), and a workshop “Doing business in Ethiopia”.
    • B2B speed dating sessions organised by AWEX and planning of future appointments.
    • Cultural evening.
  • Tuesday, October 19
    • Speed dating sessions.
    • Meeting the first leads according to your agenda.
    • B2G sessions according to your needs (such as the Ministries of Economy and Industry and Trade; the EIC or the Urban Development).
    • Possible tour to industrial parks.
    • Reception at the Belgian Residence for a networking session with the delegation, guests from Belgian companies, officials, the Belgian community, etc.
  • Wednesday, October 20
    • Free time, B2B meetings and visits, according to your needs. Late evening flight to Belgium with Ethiopian Airlines. Early morning arrival the next day.

Any questions? Contact Carole!

Carole Mone

Area Manager Afrique subsaharienne

T. +32 2 800 40 29

cmone@hub.brussels

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