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Business leaders prepare for regional summit

26 February 2014, 13:49

Nairobi - Stakeholders are expected to discuss business opportunities and issues affecting the region at this year’s East Africa Business Summit (EABS).

The event is scheduled for Kigali, Rwanda from June 4 -6.

The two day Summit themed Positioning East Africa for Inclusive prosperity in 2020 and beyond, is expected to bring together over 100 top Chief Executive Officers, financiers and government officials who will also discuss ways of exploiting emerging opportunities in various industries and geographies. The summit will be opened by Rwanda President Paul Kagame.

“East Africa Business Summit is now 10 years old and brings together leading CEO’s-s in the region to have conversations in energy, infrastructure, education, agriculture and other areas,” said Linus Gitahi, Chief Executive Officer of the Nation Media Group.

Speaking ahead of the Summit, KPMG East Africa Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner, Josphat Mwaura, said the conference would provide a perfect platform to pull together business ideas and turn East Africa into an economic power house.

KPMG is one of the conveners of the Summit.

“As industry leaders, we believe East Africa’s economic transformation can only meaningful and sustainable if it’s inclusive. The region will remain conducive for business if inclusiveness is intentionally pursued by all stakeholders,” Mwaura said.

The summit is also expected to provide a stage for business leaders from Kenya, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to engage with policymakers to address gaps in the business ecosystem thus ensuring that the door is opened to create prosperity in the region.

According to the Chairman of the Conveners’ Committee, Linus Gitahi, the CEOs will explore ways to navigate the numerous opportunities emerging in East Africa.

“We will harness the competitive advantages of different nations in order to enable the region to play its rightful role in the global community,” he said.

– CAJ News

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