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“TRANSFORMING BANKING FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH: EMBRACING DIGITAL INNOVATION & SUSTAINABLE FINANCE IN EAST AFRICA”

6th East African Banking & Microfinance Forum

14-15 March 2024 | Kigali Serena Hotel | Kigali, Rwanda

Session Videos

Day 1

Welcoming Remarks

Charting the Future

Spotlight of Rwanda

Balancing the Scales

Leveraging Technology

Elevation Inclusion

Closing Remarks

Day 2

Cyber Shields and Compliance

Agri-Finance Course

GREENING FINANCIAL SYSTEMS IN EAST AFRICA

Banking on Food Security

Harmony in Finance

Closing Remarks Day 2

Presentations by industry leaders:

Theme: Transforming Banking for Inclusive Growth: Embracing Digital Innovation and Sustainable Finance in East Africa Location: Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda

Thursday 14

Time: (Kigali time: GMT + 3)

8:30am

Registration

8:45am -9:00am

Introduction and Welcome remarks by Master of Ceremony: Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Speaker:
James Wambugu Co-Lead, Asset Management, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

9:00am - 10:00am

Opening Remarks 

Speakers:
Admassu Tadesse, , President Emeritus and Group MD, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
Thomas Östros, Vice-President, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Keynote Speech 

Speaker:
Hon. Mr. John Rwangombwa,Governor, The National Bank of Rwanda (NBR)

10:00am - 10:30am

Group Photo & Refreshments

10:30am - 11:30am

Panel Discussion: Charting the Future: Macroeconomic Overview, Digital Innovation & Sustainable Finance in East Africa

Speakers:
Abie Sano Mehamed
, President, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE)
Wegoki Mugeni, TDB Coverage Executive East Africa, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
Walter Odero, Principal Country Economist for Rwanda, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Moses Nyangu, Economist, Country and Financial Sector Analysis Division, European Investment Bank (EIB) (Moderator)

11:30am - 12:15pm

Fireside Chat: Spotlight on Rwanda’s use of Technology for Sustainable Economic Development

Speakers:
Innocent Muhizi, CEO, Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA)
Doreen Mashu, Operations Officer SME, Trade and Development Fund (TDB) (Interviewer

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Lunch Break

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Panel Discussion: Balancing the Scales: Navigating Debt Sustainability in East African Banking

Speakers:
Othman Boukrami, Deputy CEO, The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX)
Nicole Kearse, Head of Sovereign Finance, African Legal Support Facility, (ALSF)
Lekinyi Mollel, Senior Economist, The Bank of Tanzania
Felister Kivisi, Advisor, Trade and Development Bank (TBD) (Moderator)

2:15pm - 3:00pm

Panel Discussion: Leveraging Technology to Achieve Growth

Speakers:
Darius Mukunzi, Head of SME Banking, Bank of Kigali Plc (BRD)
Angel Setumo, Group Head of Innovation, Letshego Holdings Limited
Jonathan Pinofilio, CEO, COMESA Business Council (Moderator)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Panel Discussion: Elevating Inclusion: Accelerating Digitization to Enhance Access to Finance

Speakers:
Silvest Arumasi, Managing Director, Akiba Bank
Thomas Lugez, Investment Officer, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Jehiel Oliver, Founder & CEO, Hello Tractor
Gloria Mamba, Group Executive, Trade and Development Fund (TDB) (Moderator)

4:00pm

Closing Remarks:

Speakers:
Christopher Litt, Head of Division, Financial Inclusion, European Investment Bank (EIB)

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Dinner & Cocktail
Iftar Provided

Venue: 1000 Hills Distillery
Transportation Provided

Keynote Speech:
Remarks by H.E Ms. Bélén Calvo Uyarra, European Union Ambassador, Rwanda
Wegoki Mugeni, Executive Coverage East Africa, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
Edward Claessen, Head of EIB Global’s Regional Representation East Africa, European Investment Bank (EIB)

SPEAKERS

Admassu Tadesse
Group President and Managing Director, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Thomas Östros
Vice-President at European Investment Bank (EIB)

H.E. Ms. Paula Ingabire
Rwanda Minister, Information Communication Technology and Innovation

H.E Ms. Bélén Calvo Uyarra
European Union Ambassador, Rwanda

Hon. Mr. John Rwangombwa
Governor, The National Bank of Rwanda (NBR)
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Abie Sano Mehamed
President, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE)

Othman Boukrami
Deputy CEO, The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX)

Silvest Arumasi
Managing Director, Akiba Bank

Klaudia Berger
Senior TA Programme Coordinator Financial Inclusion Unit, European Investment Bank (EIB) (Interviewer)

Darshan Dhakan
Senior Portfolio Manager, Grassroots Business Fund (GBF)

Isabelle Van Grunderbeeck 
Head of Unit, Financial Inclusion, Advisory, European Investment Bank (EIB Global) (Moderator)

Mohamed Kalif
Senior Advisor, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Fabian Kasi 
Managing Director of Centenary Rural Development Bank Uganda

Nicole Kearse
Head of Sovereign Finance, African Legal Support Facility, (ALSF)

Felister Kivisi
Advisor, Trade and Development Bank (TDB) (Moderator)

Christoph Litt
Head of Division, Financial Inclusion at European Investment Bank (EIB)

Thomas Lugez
Investment Officer, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Gloria Mamba
Group Executive, Trade and Development Fund (TDB) (Moderator)

Doreen Mashu
Operations Officer SME, Trade and Development Fund (TDB) (Interviewer)

Aakif Merchant
Associate Director, Convergence (Moderator)

Lekinyi Mollel
Senior Economist, The Bank of Tanzania

Sonja Mohnen
Senior Investment Officer, Financial institutions, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Wegoki Mugeni
Executive Coverage East Africa, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Matu Mugo
Deputy Director, Bank Supervision Department of Central Bank of Kenya

Bright Mugova
Advisor at Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Darius Mukunzi
Head of SME Banking, Bank of Kigali Plc (BRD)

Maxwell Mutema
Agribusiness Advisor, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Brenda Mutoni
Manager, Green Finance & Advisory Services, Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD Plc)

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Veronica Namagembe 
Managing Director, Pride Microfinance

Sylvia Nanjekho
Agro-Industries & Forestry Specialist, European Investment Bank (EIB) (Moderator)

Moses Nyangu
Economist, Country and Financial Sector Analysis at European Investment Bank (EIB) (Moderator)

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Walter Odero
Principal Country Economist for Rwanda, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

David Odongo
AFC Expert, East Africa GOPA AFC Expert

Jehiel Oliver
Founder & CEO – Hello Tractor

Jonathan Pinifolo
CEO, COMESA Business Council (Moderator)

Amath Pathe Sene
Managing Director, Africa’s Food Systems Forum (AGRF)

Angel Setumo
Group Head of Innovation, Letshego Holdings Limited

Farooq Siddiqi
CEO, DLT Ledgers

Armando Massimiliano Sirolla
AFC Expert, (Moderator)

James Wambugu
Co-Lead, Asset Management, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)