Successful Conferences in Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali has been the host city of the ‘Transform Africa Summit’ on two occasions; October 2013 and October 2015. The global conference, an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is a high-level forum drawing multiple heads of states from the continent and international key players in ICT related disciplines. In 2013, Kigali hosted 2,000 delegates while 2015’s event attracted over 3,000 delegates.
In October 2014, 500 delegates from member countries of the EAC convened in Kigali for the ‘East African Business Summit’, held every two years to discuss the advancement the regional integration agenda.
In September 2014 the International Trade Center staged its annual ‘World Export Development Forum’ and ‘Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum’ in Kigali, bringing together 800 local, regional and international participants for three days of deliberation.
In May 2014, Kigali received over 3,000 delegates as host of the 49th Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank.
In November 2015 almost 1,000 delegates attended the successful 84th Interpol Annual General Assembly in Kigali.
In July 2016 Kigali Convention Center was host to Africa’s largest and most high-profile event, the AU Summit. As a first time host, Rwanda received 35 heads of states, 15 first ladies, and over 3500 delegates from the continent. Over the 6-day summit, the new conference complex revealed its many facets and multipurpose halls, pulling off an impeccable event worthy of accolades from the dignitaries in attendance.
The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, met officials from over 150 nations in Kigali for the 28th meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol, where more than 1000 delegates intensely negotiated and set dates for adopting the Kigali amendment that will phase out hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions as a strategy to maintain global warming below 2oC according to the Paris agreement signed earlier this year.
Over 400 international participants from the hotel, tourism and aviation industries convened in Kigali under the theme “Connecting Tomorrow” to discuss sector-wide trends and to negotiate investments into suitable tourism projects. For the first time the forum launched its aviation partner event, AviaDev, attracting 15 African airlines to open Africa’s skies and forge closer partnerships with the hotel industry.
The 4th edition of the biennial international football championship was held in Rwanda from 16 January to 7 February, 2016. The tournament, which gathered national teams from 16 different African countries, played in 4 stadiums in 3 host cities, was a true testament to Rwanda’s ability to stage large-scale sporting events. In total, Rwanda welcomed fans from 20 countries in Africa with well over 15000 spectators.
What they had to say
International Trade Center Executive Director on WEDF
“We are particularly happy to have organized WEDF in Rwanda – a country that has placed trade and support for the private sector at the heart of it’s development policy. There is no better place to have organized an event focused on SME competitiveness than in Rwanda. This WEDF has seen the biggest participation ever, with over 1200 registered participants from over 70 countries.”
Vice President, Secretary General AfDB Group
“We are very happy to be in Kigali the famous city of a thousand hills known around the world for its wonderful weather, the beauty of its flowering trees and its green very mountains and also known for the kindness and efficiency of its people. It is in this blessed setting that we will conduct the annual meetings of the BAD group and celebrate 50 years of anniversary of the AfDB – 50 years in the service of Africa”