From 29 to 30 October 2008 in Kigali, Rwanda will bring together stakeholders in the East African Business Community as well as potential investors. The Forum is being organized by the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and the East African Business Council (EABC) with the support of the government of Rwanda and should be an important shop window for the five countries that make up the East African Community -Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi
The East African region has a market of approximately 100 million people. Already the US-based Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), Germany’s Afrika-Verein and the French Council of Investors in Africa (CIAN) have announced their support for the forum, bringing with them representation of well over 250 companies. These organizations along with CBC will represent a huge number of Africa’s leading investors – bringing together five of the G8 countries as well as India, Nigeria and South Africa. Their involvement is said to likely contribute to increased investment in East Africa. The forum is themed Trade and Investment Opportunities: East Africa – One Market, One Destination.