Saturday, 6 May 2017

News Release: Afreximbank To Host Political And Business Leaders At 24th Annual General Meeting In Kigali From 28 June

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) will hold its 24th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) in Kigali from 28 June to 1 July with participation by some of Africa’s most high-profile political and business leaders, joined by leading international experts.

The AGM and its related activities, which are scheduled to take place at the Kigali Convention Centre, will be held under the overarching theme: Boosting intra-African trade and integration

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and Anastase MurNoekezi, the Prime Minister, are expected to attend, along with Claver Gatete, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.

They will be joined by a series of serving African Presidents and former heads of state, as well as high-profile political and business leaders who will to deliver keynote speeches.

The speakers include Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria; Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank; Roberto Azevedo, Director-General, World Trade Organization; Prof. Justin Lin, Director, Center for New Structural Economics and Honorary Dean, National School of Development, Peking University, China; Ahmed El Sewedy, President, El Sewedy Industries, Egypt; and Kola Karim, Managing Director, Shoreline Energy International, UK.

Others include Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment of Nigeria; Bassem Loukil, President, Loukil Group, Tunisia; Albert Muchanga, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry; Dr. Ahmed Darwish, Head of Suez Canal Special Economic Zone, Egypt; Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Trade, Craft and Promotion of SMEs, Côte d’Ivoire; Amina Mohamed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kenya; Ade Ayeyemi, CEO, Ecobank Transnational; Andrew Alli, President and CEO, Africa Finance Corporation; and James Duddridge, Member of the UK Parliament and Former Minister for Africa.

The AGM activities include two days of seminars on 28 and 29 June which will explore the prospects for accelerating economic development and transformation of African economies through trade. They will be followed on June 30 by the meeting of the Afreximbank Advisory Group on Trade Finance and Export Development in Africa, focusing on Africa’s trade opportunities in a world of rising protectionism.

An investment forum, hosted by the Rwandese Government, and a trade exhibition will also take place on 30 June while the AGM activities will conclude on 1 July with the formal Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of the Bank and an African leaders’ roundtable.

Obi Emekekwue
Afreximbank Communications

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