President Paul Kagame of Rwanda attended India Economic Summit hosted by the World Economic Forum and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on November 4-6, 2014 in New Delhi. Held in Asia's 3rd largest economy and themed "Redefining Public-Private Cooperation for a New Beginning," the forum brought together leaders in field of business, government and civil society from selected countries for a discussion focused on inclusive growth.
President Kagame's visit began with an interactive discussion hosted by CII with over thirty business leaders representing sectors such as energy, health, manufacturing, education, IT and agro processing. OIA was represented by Chairman Ambassador V.B.Soni and E.D. (Marketing) Mr. Ambuj Chaturvedi.
President Kagame invited the business leaders to invest in Rwanda and East Africa and build on the integration efforts taking place in the region: "With the Northern Corridor Integration Projects, involving Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, and more recently Ethiopia, we aim to connect our people and markets to each other and to the world, as never before. Connecting our region to India would be beneficial for both sides".
During the discussion that followed Ambassador Soni informed the President about the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) attended by him in Kigali in mid-October, 2014. He said that his message about women empowerment and importance of SME sectors in growth of the economy was much appreciated.
While introducing OIA, Chairman OIA said that India's experience would be of much help. He asked the President to spell out his vision of regional integration in Africa through connectivity in infrastructure areas like railways, power grids, agriculture, sugar and food processing to which he listed specific plans drawn up by the regional group. President Kagame encouraged Indian businessmen to come forward to invest in his country for which they would get his personal attention and encouragement besides the support from the concerned authorities.
In the discussion on health sector, Chairman briefed President about the setting up of a state-of-the-art eye hospital in Addis Ababa as a part of the OIA's Social Corporate Social Responsibility (C.S.R.) working as a non-profit venture. The hospital inaugurated recently by Ethiopian President is providing badly needed basic facilities like cataract and glaucoma operation to local population and also to patients from neighboring countries.
President Kagame attended the Africa-India boardroom discussion alongside KwesiAmissah-Arthur, Vice-President of Ghana and Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast. The discussion titled "Serving the New Global Consumer: Africa-India Cooperation," focused on the opportunities for investment between Africa and India.