Time: (Kigali time: GMT + 3)



8:45am -9:00am

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

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

9:00am - 10:00am

Opening Remarks 

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

Keynote Speech 

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

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

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

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

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

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)


Closing Remarks:

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)