DAY 1 – Monday 26 June

Board and Committee Meetings

DAY 2 – Tuesday 27 June

Board and Committee Meetings

DAY 3 – Wednesday 28 June


  • Theme: Trade as a Catalyst for industrializing Africa

DAY 4 – Thursday 29 June


  • Theme: Boosting Intra-African Trade for Regional Integration
  • Site Events:
    • Trade Finance in an Increasingly Challenging Global Compliance Environment
    • Financing African Trade through Increased Domestic Resource Mobilization

DAY 5 – Friday 30 June

Advisory Group Meeting & Investment Forum

  • Theme: Expanding African Trade in a World of Rising Protectionism

DAY 6 – Saturday 1 July

24th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders & African Leaders

  • African Leaders Roundtable on “The path to a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) for Africa
  • Start of Formal Closed Session on the Annual General Meeting (only Shareholders or their duty accredited representatives are allowed to attend)
  • Gala dinner

DAY 7 – Sunday 2 July


Who is Attending

In the 23 year history of this event, participants have included Heads of State and Government; senior government officials including, African and global CEOs; renowned academics, private sector practitioners and leading industrialists.

  • Senior Government Officials:
    Presidents/Heads of State – Past and Present
  • Policy Makers:
    Ministers, Senior Public Officials, Central Bank Governors
  • Media:
    Both Print and Electronic Media Drawn from across the Globe
  • Renowned Academics:
    Both retired and Active Academics including Nobel Laureates
  • Think Tanks:
    Alternative Policy Advocacy Groups
  • Investors and Financiers:
    Development Finance Institutions, Pension Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Investment Banks, Private Equity Investors, Legal and Financial Advisors
  • Leading Industrialists:
    CEOs of Conglomerates – within and outside of Africa

Past Speakers

Dr. Benedict O. Oramah

President & Chairman of the Board of Directors, African Export-Import Bank

Professor Joseph Stiglitz

Economist & Professor, Columbia University, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics

H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Tony Elumelu

Chairman, United Bank for Africa

Jean Paul Adam

Minister of Finance, Trade and Blue Economy of Seychelles

H.E. Danny Faure

President of Seychelles

Practical Information


Kigali Convention Centre (KCC)
KG2, Kimihurura Roundabout
Kigali, Rwanda


The translucent dome modeled on a traditional King’s Palace, is located in the heart of Kigali on a hilltop near Parliament. The Convention Centre’s multi-functional hall has a capacity of 2,600; the centre also includes 18 meetings rooms and 292 accommodation rooms.

Arrivals and Departures

Kigali International Airport KIA

The main airport, Kigali International Airport (KIA), is located 10km east of the city centre. KIA currently receives direct flights from Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Brazzaville, Brussels, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Doha, Douala, Dubai, Entebbe, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Juba, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Libreville, Lusaka, Mombasa, Mwanza, and Nairobi, Cotonou, and Abidjan (from 21st October 2016)


KIA hosts a VIP terminal and one main terminal where passengers will be subject to Customs, and Immigration and clearance. Dedicated immigration counters will be operating at the main terminal during the Summit to facilitate delegates. A welcoming tent outside the main arrival terminal will host an information desk, and staff to assist with booking transport and accommodation. Forex bureau, and sim cards will also be availed in the welcome tent for the duration of the summit.

Yellow Fever Notice

Due to the recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the region, the Rwandan Ministry of Health now requires all travelers coming from countries endemic to Yellow Fever to produce proof of vaccination at border posts for passengers. Delegates that fail to produce proof of vaccination will be immunized on site, at the airport clinic for the cost of 40 US Dollars. For more information, please visit: and

Plastic Bags

As part of an environmental protection policy, plastic bags are not allowed into Rwanda. Passengers entering Kigali International Airport or any other border posts with plastic bags are required to discard them, and are supplied with an environmentally friendly alternative at a cost ranging between $2-$6.

Lost Luggage

In the eventuality that delegates lose their luggage, a dedicated lost luggage desk will assist delegates.


Delegates departing from Kigali International Airport will be facilitated through dedicated security check, check-in and immigration counters. Delegates traveling in business class will have access to the VIP lounges. Ministers and ambassadors will have access to the government lounge. Delegates traveling in economy can access to the VIP lounges for a payment of 30 US Dollars, subject to availability.

Visa Formalities

Official representatives and experts holding a Diplomatic passport, Service Passport or Laissez-passer of the AU or UN traveling to Rwanda to attend the summit will be issued a free visa upon arrival.

Delegates from African member States can be issued a visa upon arrival at the cost of 30 US Dollars. Alternatively, delegates may obtain visas ahead of travel, by applying online:; or in person at Rwandan Diplomatic Missions (except the UN Mission in New York).

Delegates holding passports from countries not eligible for visa upon arrival must apply through the abovementioned channels prior to travel dates.

Taxis and Airport Pick ups

Average travel times from the airport to Kigali Conference Centre range from 15-20 minutes (Taxicab) depending on traffic. Hotels may arrange a shuttle pick up and drop off at the airport, provided that arrival and departure details are shared ahead of time.

In addition to hotel shuttles, ATAK, a taxi company will be operating at Kigali International

1. ATAK taxicabs will charge on average $10-$20 per trip and and $60 for a full day rental.

Company Tel: 0788568860, 0782754574, 0782862540

Please ensure you arrange your own transport from the airport to the hotels. This can be arranged directly with hotels, or other rental transport companies at the airport.

Health Services

First aid and emergency services will be available at the Kigali Convention Center. For more extensive medical services, delegates are advised to seek treatment at one of the following hospitals:

King Faysal Hospital: +250 788307561

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali/CHUK: +250 788868240

Kanombe Military Hospital: +250 788305703

General Information

Information Technology

The following Rwandan mobile telecommunication service providers are available:

  • MTN
  • Tigo
  • Airtel

Mobile telephone service providers also provide gateway to Internet using GPRS, 3G and 4G. Cell phone SIM cards are widely available. Every SIM card user/buyer in Rwanda is expected by law to be registered prior to activation. SIM cards can be registered at the point of purchase.


The unit of currency is the Rwandan Franc (RWF). Exchange rates are subject to fluctuation. Currently, 1 USD is approximately equivalent to 803.12RWF. Foreign exchange facilities are available at the airport and in all parts of Kigali city.

Banking Services

Banking hours are from 08:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and from 08:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays. Banking amenities are available at all commercial banks; local and regional banks hold agreements with a variety of credit card networks:

  • VISA – Bank of Kigali, Ecobank, Equity bank, I & M bank, Kenya Commercial bank, ACCESS Bank, Banque populaire du Rwanda and Urwego Opportunity bank
  • MasterCard – ACCESS Bank, Equity bank and Bank of Kigali
  • China Union Pay – ACCESS Bank, Equity bank and Bank of Kigali
  • Japan Credit Bureau – Equity bank
  • American Express – Equity bank and Bank of Kigali
  • Diners Club – Equity bank and Bank of Kigali

Most internationally recognised currencies and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at commercial banks, hotels and the airport. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.


This time of year in Rwanda is long dry season. Temperatures vary from 220 C to 270 C.


The time in Rwanda is GMT+2.

Electricity Supply

The electricity supply in Rwanda is 220/240V AC. It is advisable to bring your own round, two-prong adapter and transformer for 110V AC.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency, please refer to telephone numbers listed below.

  • Fire Brigade (Toll Free): 111 or +250 788 311 224
  • Ambulance (Toll Free): 912 or + 250 788 300 116.
  • General Assistance: 997

Business and Shopping

Hours Public Offices open from 07:00 to 17:00 while businesses open from 8:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Weekend business hours range between 09:00 to 22:00.

For more practical information on Rwanda, please visit:

Directorate-General of Immigration and Emigration Visa Granting Policy

  • East African Community Partner States citizens are eligible for a renewable 6 month visitors pass at entry points with no fee.
  • In accordance with the CEPGL agreement, Democratic Republic of the Congo nationals will be granted a visitor’s visa for a stay not exceeding 90 days with no fee.
  • Nationals of all other African countries traveling to or transiting through Rwanda can obtain an entry visa upon arrival for the fee of 30 US Dollars.
  • Nationals of Singapore, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Philippines are exempted from entry visas for a stay of up to 90 days.
  • Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, are eligible for visas upon arrival without prior application, for the standard fee of 30 US Dollars for a period of up to 30 days.

Nationals of countries not mentioned above must submit a visa application before traveling at Rwandan Diplomatic Missions (except the UN Mission in New York) or online:

Diplomatic Representation in Rwanda

  1. Diplomatic Mission of Algeria +250 783 943 568
  2. Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium +250 252 575 551
  3. Embassy of the Republic of Burundi +250 252 587 940
  4. Office of the High Commission of Canada +250 252 573 210
  5. Embassy of the People’s Republic of China +250 252 570 843 / 5 / 9 ext. 123
  6. Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo +250 252 575 999
  7. Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt +250 252 587 560
  8. European Union Delegation +250 252 585 758
  9. Embassy of the Republic of France +250 252 551 800
  10. Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany +250 280 575141; +250 280575 222
  11. Embassy of Japan +250 252 500 884
  12. High Commission of the Republic of Kenya +250 252 583 332
  13. Embassy of the Republic of the Korea +250 252 577577
  14. Embassy of State of Libya +250 252 572 309/ (+250) 252 573 760
  15. Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands +250 280 280 281
  16. High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria +250 255 119 282
  17. Noncio Apostolic +250 252 575 293
  18. Embassy of the Russian Federation +250 252 575 286
  19. Embassy of the Republic of Sudan +250 280 306 063
  20. High Commission of the Republic of South Africa +250 252 551 300
  21. Office of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden +250 252 597 400
  22. Swiss Regional Cooperation Office Great Lakes Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo +250 252 575 534
  23. High Commission of United Republic of Tanzania +250 252 505 400
  24. Embassy of the Republic of Turkey +250 781 462 272
  25. High Commission of the Republic of Uganda +250 252 503 538
  26. High Commission of the United Kingdom of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland +250 252 556 000
  27. Embassy of the United States of America +250 252 596 400/ 28 0252 503537 / 8
  28. Honorary Consulate of Central African Republic +250 786 163 565
  29. Honorary Consulate of Czech Republic +250 738 309 040
  30. Honorary Consulate of Ghana +250 788 301 244
  31. Honorary Consulate of Italy +250 252 575 238
  32. Honorary Consulate of Mexico +250 788 300 380
  33. Honorary Consulate of Norway +250 280 510 888
  34. Honorary Consulate of Spain +250 788 307 784
  35. Honorary Consulate of Ukraine +250 788 35 25 05



Advisory Group

Promoting African Trade and Economic Transformation
Kigali, Rwanda 28 June – 1 July, 2017

The African Export-Import Bank—the premier Trade Finance Bank for Africa—is bringing together the continent’s public and private sectors leaders and leading international figures for a 3-day intellectually stimulating discourse in the context of the 23rd Meeting and associated Seminars of the Bank’s Advisory Group on Trade Finance and Export Development. This event will take place on the side-lines of the Bank’s 24th Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Weak oil and commodity prices associated with the lingering effect of the end of commodity super-cycle coupled with sustained deceleration of the Chinese economy, declining global demand and increased global financial market volatility, have resulted in pronounced macroeconomic challenges, terms of trade deficit, limited fiscal space, liquidity constraints and overall developmental challenges for the African continent. In a world of rising protectionism and nationalism sentiments, the objective of the meeting and seminars is to explore options to promote African trade and economic growth to accelerate the continent’s structural transformation process through deliberations on the following sub-themes drawn from the main theme “Promoting African Trade and Economic Transformation”:

  • Day 1 – June 28: Trade as a Catalyst for Industrializing Africa
  • Day 2 – June 29: Boosting Intra-African Trade for Regional Integration
  • Day 3 – June 30: Expanding African Trade in a World of Rising Protectionism

2016 Edition

2016 AGM promo video

News and Media

For media enquiries, kindly contact:

Obi Emekekwue
Head of Communications
African Export-Import Bank
72 (B) El Maahad El Eshteraky Street, Heliopolis, Cairo 11341, Egypt
Tel.: +(202) 2456-4100/1/2/3; +(202) 2451-5201/2

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