After 6 successful editions, the Growing SMEs was held in Kigali, Rwanda, on the 17th and 18th of May 2012.
This unique platform brought together entrepreneurs, investors, leaders and experts to explore and activate the SME sector development in Africa and beyond. More than 400 participants joined to CONNECT with local and international networks of entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders, EXCHANGE expertise, best practices and lessons learned, and accelerate INVESTMENT in high-growth SMEs.
The conference was opened by Rwanda’s T Minister of Trade and Industry, Francois Kanimba, and was attended by over 36 speakers from all over the world –who are expected to present at the conference launched under the theme: “Connect, Exchange & Invest”
Minister Kanimba wooed the participants to invest Rwanda saying that the country is a favorable destination for doing business recognized by World Bank and other international agencies especially due to its restored stability in the region and implementing of comprehensive governance reform agenda including; zero tolerance to corruption.
The conference is also expected to answer issues such as: the role play by of government to make SMEs competitive in Export markets, comparative advantages of SMEs, alleviation of their comparative disadvantages, best practices and how can we learn from the best players.
‘Growing SMEs’ is a premium international conference geared towards SME growth. The conference brings together high growth entrepreneurs and experts in the topics of developing, growing and financing SMEs. Its aim is to facilitate knowledge exchange, networking and learning, hence further paving the way for advanced SME development and therefore economic growth.
The conference was organized by BiD NETWORK, in conjunction with JCI-Rwanda and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).