The Private Sector Investment Conference for the Great Lakes Region was hold at Pullman Hotel in Kinshasa, from the 24th and the 25th February 2016. This conference was co-organized by the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region and the Executive Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes with the support of the DRC Government. This conference gathered representatives of prosperous enterprises in the region, government leaders, development partners’ representatives, investors, business leaders, international donors operating in development key-sectors, including tourism.
At the opening ceremony, held in Cité de l’Union Africaine, was attended by several officials, among them Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and Mr. Joseph Kabila, the President of the DRC.
This conference was the first one organized in the African Great Lakes region and was an occasion for decision-makers, investors and other honored guests to make contacts and find out together investment opportunities which are available in the region, to know more about the main challenges in the region, and to discuss on the on-going security issue as well as the business environment in the Great Lakes region.
More than 20 institutions from the public and private sector managed their stands to exhibit their products and achievements, and explained to visitors and conference participants the mission, mandate, objectives and achievements of their institutions working for the welfare of the beneficiary populations. GVTC, as a regional institution, managed a stand where communication materials were displayed, distributed, namely brochures, leaflets, t-shirts, calendars, etc. within two days, a video documentary was also displayed and broadcasted, focusing on the origin, achievements, partnerships and challenges of GVTC, which is a tripartite institution between DRC, Rwanda and Uganda and which started and operated in an armed conflicts context within the region.
On behalf of GVTC, Dr Georges Muamba Tshibasu, Executive Secretary of this institution, participated in a panel on tourism, with Mr. Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara, Minister of Tourism in DRC.
On the sidelines of that conference, GVTC offered a trophy to Professor Alphonse Ntumba Luaba, the Executive Secretary of ICGLR, for his valuable support to GVTC. We will provide you with further details in our coming edition.
Details on the Private Sector Investment Conference may be fund at http://psicinvest.com/en/media/press-releases
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