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Kigali will host this week the 25th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (CIE) of East Africa. From 27 to 29 October 2021, the Rwandan capital will bring together more than 100 decision-makers and economic actors to discuss the road to social and economic recovery. During this meeting, it will also be a question of how to attract investment in East Africa. The theme of this year’s meeting is: “Building resilience for a strong recovery and attracting investment to foster economic diversification and long-term growth in East Africa”. “The ICE meeting will provide a platform for various government stakeholders to engage with experts and private sector actors on the necessary economic recovery and how to revive the engines of trade and investment.” said the director of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in East Africa, Dr Mama Keita. For Rwanda, co-organizer of the event, “this is the moment to discuss with other countries in the region the potentials and the capacity to rise up and respond to the socio-economic challenges, exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, ”said his Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Uzziel Ndagijimana. The African Continental Free Trade Area (ZLECAF) is essential to support the recovery from the severe adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ms. Keïta said. According to him, this common exchange space will increase the economic multiplier in the region and help countries to rebuild better, grow their economies and create jobs that promote inclusive growth. Meeting participants will discuss thematic issues such as deepening regional value chains, the environment for investment opportunities and the links between peace, security and development.

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