I am very happy to join you, alongside President Duda, to kickstart the Rwanda-Poland Business Roundtable discussion.

We are honoured to host you.

I want to begin by thanking President Duda, for bringing a large delegation of business leaders from Poland.

A special thank you also goes to the Polish Investment and Trade Agency.

For a long time, Polish investors have shown a keen interest to explore new opportunities with our private sector. We appreciate this.

Many sectors are represented today. It shows we have a lot to offer each other.

In Rwanda, we have been working hard to create an enabling environment for businesses to grow and innovate.

Because of the tragedy our country experienced, we did not have the luxury of developing a strong private sector, early-on.

But we were able to multiply the little we had, by prioritizing the needs of our citizens. That is the best investment we ever made.

Our country is now focused on developing key sectors, such as health, tourism, sports, and banking, with notable support from our partners.

For each area, we aspire to become a hub for the region and beyond and contribute to the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The good news is that more and more investors are taking notice of Africa’s young entrepreneurs, and betting on their creativity and talent.

For many, this is generating employment opportunities.

Our continent is also endowed with natural resources, essential to power the future of our global economy.

Amid global crises, a decisive factor for resilience is how well the public and private sector can work together, to manage this immense wealth.

My hope for this roundtable discussion is for the opportunities identified to create tangible results on the ground, for both Rwanda and Poland.

Ultimately, the purpose of any business venture should be to add value to people’s lives.

Thank you for the invitation to be with you today.

I wish you productive discussions, and I thank you for your kind attention.

As well again, Mr President, we are happy to have you in our midst, with the delegation you came with, and wish you a very happy stay with us.