The Chief of Staff of the Office of the Special Envoy, Mr Aniefiok Johnson, chatting with Tanzania’s Minister Of Investment, Mrs Angela Jasmine Kairuki, while Mr Parek Maduot, the Director of Economic Development and Regional Integration for the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region, looks on.
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), 17 February 2020 – A joint-delegation from the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) met Tanzania’s Minister of Investment, Mrs. Angela Jasmine Kairuki, on February 14, 2020 to brief her on the forthcoming Great Lakes Investment and Trade Conference, which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 18-20.
The delegation comprised of Aniefiok Johnson, Chief of Staff of the Office of the Special Envoy, and Parek Maduot, Director of Economic Development and Regional Integration. Mr. Johnson briefed the Minister on behalf of the delegation and advocated a strong representation of the country at the conference in Kigali.
“The Minister received us warmly and was enthusiastic about the prospects offered by the conference for Tanzania and the region. She requested that I convey her congratulations to Special Envoy Huang Xia for the thoughtful and timely initiative,” Mr. Johnson said.
Mrs. Kairuki, who is also a Member of Parliament, confirmed Tanzania’s participation. She strongly advised that the agenda of the conference should focus less on academic panel discussions and place more emphasis on facilitating meaningful business networking and interactive opportunities. She took great interest in the national exhibition stands and requested additional information to begin arrangements for Tanzania’s participation.
The Minister requested OSESG-GL and ICGLR to invite and engage with Tanzania Private Sector Foundation in order to help foster the growth of the private sector in the country. She also requested an invitation letter to the Minister of Trade and Industry and disclosed that she and the Minister of Trade would likely attend the Kigali conference.
Mrs. Kairuki also requested OSESG-GL to facilitate a formal visit to the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) after the conference to enable her to learn from Rwanda’s approach to establishing the Board, which is a “one-stop” shop for investment in the country. The Minister wrote a personal note to RDB Chief Mrs. Claire Akamanze and requested the Office of the Special Envoy to convey it.
The Chief of Staff of the Office of the Special Envoy said he was pleased with the outcome of the meeting and that the delegation will be following up on the required actions in the coming weeks.
The Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement (PSC-F) signatory countries convened the Great lakes Investment and Trade Conference (GLITC) as a follow-up action to the first Private Sector Investment Conference, held in 2016 in Kinshasa. The mobilization of private sector investment into the region to harness the extensive natural resources endowments and existing economic opportunities could be catalytic in creating shared prosperity and destiny. On the long run, private sector investment bears the potential to contribute to the collective efforts towards sustainable peace, stability and the transformation of the Great Lakes region. Thus, the Conference will focus on cross-border trade and investment, as catalysts for regional integration.