Focus on Rwanda: Recovery, Reset and the Road to CHOGM 2021

July 9, 2020

Focus on Rwanda: Recovery, Reset and the Road to CHOGM 2021
Thursday 9 July 2020
0920 – 1030 (BST)

 Rwanda, the ‘land of a thousand hills’, will  host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), including the postponed Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) in 2021. Rwanda’s attractive investment climate: decade-long 8% GDP growth rate and business-friendly environment (Rwanda is second on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index in Africa) – contributes to the country’s growing reputation as an international hub for intra-African trade and investment.

This webinar, in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, explored how Rwanda emerged as a model of excellence in its pandemic response, and how the Commonwealth’s newest member is contributing to Africa’s emergence as a global powerhouse in the post covid-19 global economic reset.

CBF 2021, due to be held in Kigali next year, was also discussed exploring both Rwanda’s pathway to economic recovery, and the unique investment opportunities across agricultural, tourism, infrastructure, ICT, energy, construction and mining sectors, all of which contribute to the ‘Made in Rwanda’ brand.

Rwanda also ranks in the top 5 countries globally for gender equality and CWEIC were delighted to welcome three of Rwanda’s most senior female leaders to this webinar.


  • Moderator: Samantha Cohen CVO, Chief Executive, CWEIC
  • HE Yamina Karitanyi, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to the UK
  • Hon Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade, Rwanda
  • Hon Clare Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda Development Board