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Speaker: William Gelling OBE, British High Commissioner to Rwanda & British Ambassador to Burundi

British Expertise International members are invited, by the East Africa Association, to join their lunch with UK Ambassador Will Gelling, and Trade Envoy Lord Popat, to learn more about the trade and business opportunities in Rwanda.

BEI members can attend FOC as The East Africa Association has been able to secure sponsorsip - however members will need to register directly with the EEA to secure a seat.

The visit will also act as a helpful prelude to the EEA mission to Rwanda scheduled for 25 - 28 October.

To secure your place, please make direct contact with John Small of the EEA by email  or phone 01279 312203.

Please note that this is an external event. It will be held at Stephenson Harwood LLP



Rwanda is a landlocked country that borders with Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has a population of approximately 10 million.

Rwanda is a member of the East Africa Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). It is also a member of the Commonwealth.

Many UK companies operate in Rwanda.

Benefits for British businesses exporting to Rwanda include:

  • liberalised economy – government commitment to the private sector
  • history of macro-economic stability
  • low cost workforce
  • attractive investment policies
  • political stability since 1994
  • relatively low corruption levels (55 out of 175 in the Corruption Perceptions Index)