20 March 09:00Kigali Convention Centre

Welcome to a whole day conference to discuss new innovative healthcare solutions for East Africa!

The Embassies of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda from the East African Community (EAC) together with the Swedish East African Chamber of Commerce (SWEACC) have for the past five (5) years been organizing investment and business forums in Sweden. All forums are about business and investment growth between Sweden and East Africa. Some of the focus has been on Energy and Sustainable business, Agribusiness and Value added Agricultural Products but now we focus on ICT and Medtech. This year’s topic in Rwanda is Health and Growth!

The EAC-BIF 2018 (#eacbif18) will take place on 20th March 2018 in Kigali. Building on experiences from past forums, this year's forum focuses on emerging and more cross cutting subject of "ICT based Solutions" with focus on MedTech for health care systems. 

This years conference is a partnership between the Swedish-East Africa Chamber of Commerce (SWEACC) together with East African Community Embassies in Nordic; Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda and the Swecare Foundation. This year’s theme will be ”Health and Growth” with focus on Medtech and ICT. The objective of the Business and Investment Forum is to promote profitable investments and trade based on ICT technologies/products for managing healthcare.  Interesting solutions for healthcare such as new Medtech innovation and services (mobile) for better health will be on the agenda. 

Participants of EAC-BIF 2018

  • Swedish and EAC Companies that offers or are interested in buying attractive ICT-solutions, IT product or ICT technologies for use
  • Government representatives
  • EAC Embassies accredited to Sweden
  • Trade organisations
  • Business Enterprises and Investors from the East African community
  • Business Councils

Participants from Sweden: The EAC Business and Investment Forum 2018 in Kigali will be part of the Delegation Trip arranged by Swecare and Business Sweden as they will organize a complete program covering both Rwanda and Uganda from March 19th to March 23rd, 2018. Each participant will have to take care of their own travel arrangements and accommodations in East Africa but Swecare have a complete delegation offer. Contact us for more information. 

The Aim of the Forum/Business Conference

The aim of the Forum is to promote successful investments and trade opportunities in ICT based technologies/products for better livelihood. The forum will give an opportunity for business to business (B2B), Government to Government (G2G) and Government to Business (G2B) meetings to take place.

Lunch and refreshments: Lunches and refreshments will be served at the venues and are included in the participation fee. Lunch will be at the Kigali Convention Centre during African Business Summit and the Rwanda Dinner Party after conference in Gorilla Hotel. All is included in participation fee. 

Welcome to EAC Business & Investment Forum 2018

Africa Business Summit

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has been elected the new Chairperson for the African Union in 2018. Trade is important and what has happened now is that Rwanda will host a African Business Summit on the same day as the EAC Business & Investment Forum as the they plan to sign the CFTA (Continental Free Trade Area) in Rwanda that week.

We will be an integrated part of the African Business Summit and our delegation as well as conference participants will be having access to part of the official program at the African Business in Rwanda. The entire African continent's leader with Trade Ministers will be in Rwanda for signing the CFTA. This can be a great opportunity for you to network and meet decision makers in Africa. 

We think it may be of great interest to you as a company to show you for decision makers in Africa as well as attend our conference focusing on Digital Heathcare in East Africa.

All you need to know

The EAC Business & Investment Forum 2018 is a full day conference that will focus on Healthcare and Growth in East Africa. We will offer lunch at the Kigali Convention Centre and dinner party at the Gorillas Hotel after the conference program finish. If you need local support in Rwanda both SWEACC and the Embassy of Rwanda in Sweden can help you with local contacts or local information about accommodation and transport. 

When you register you will get a invoice from us with payment information. The participation fee for EAC resident is USD 75 and for non EAC resident 300 USD. This include conference and meals including dinner party.

Participants from Sweden - The EAC Business and Investment Forum 2018 in Kigali will be part of the Delegation Trip arranged by Swecare and Business Sweden as they will organize a complete program covering both Rwanda and Uganda from March 19th to March 23rd, 2018. Each participant will have to take care of their own travel arrangements and accommodations in East Africa but Swecare have a complete delegation offer. Contact us for more information (info@sweacc.se).

The EAC Business & Investment Forum 2018 will partly take place at the African Business Summit at the Kigali Convention Centre and then move to Gorillas Hotels, KG 9 Avenue,  KG 274 Street in Nyarutarama, Kigali, during the lunch break. In the morning we will attend the program of the African Business Summit and the afternoon specific ICT and Healthcare discussion at the Gorillas Hotel. 

If you are looing for accoodation we can also recommend Radisson Park Inn, Kigali Marriott Hotel, Hôtel des Mille Collines and Serena Hotel Kigali for accomodation. Contact us for more information.

Become a sponsor, promote yourself!

The EAC Business & Investment Forum will offer companies from Sweden and East Africa an excellent opportunity to build business and brand. We offer companies to be sponsors and exhibitors with great visibility at the conference, so you cannot only meet people but also showcase our products and services. We offer PLATINUM, GOLD or SILVER sponsor packages and we have a special offer for small SME with less than 20 employees. Contact us for your best choice and package. For conference and sponsor information, contact Mr Joachim Davidsson at SWEACC (jd@bopen.se).

For more information about the Swecare Delegation Trip, please contact Mrs Shampa Bari, Swecare (shampa.bari@swecare.se). 

EAC-BIF 2018 Forum Program


Registration and coffee served.


Welcome remark - SWEACC / RBC / RDB


Keynote Speech - Rwanda Health Minister

Dr. Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda will make a presentation of market and opportunities i Rwanda.


Special Guest - Agneta Karlsson

Agneta Karlsson, State Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Sweden will present Swedish delegation and current affairs between Sweden and EAC members.


Presentation by EAC Countries on Business Opportunities in each target market

Overview presentation of ICT and MedTech based solutions for HealthCare and Wellfare to East Africa from Sweden


Coffee Break


Panel Discussion on Potential for Regional Collaboration

Panel discussion with Q&A with one panel member from each EAC target market along with representative from Sweden


Lunch and Networking


Parallel Thematic Sessions

  • Digitalization of decision support system
  • Information system in NCD care and control
  • Patient registration and data use
  • Scalable innovation

Coffee Break


Match-making Session and Mingle

Sign up for business match-making with Swedish companies. We will have registration form for match-making as you enter the Conference.


Closing Remarks





Dr. Diane Gashumba
Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda

Key Note Speaker

Dr. Diane Gashumba is the Rwandan Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda since October 4, 2016. From Mach 29, 2016, she served as the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, she is a paediatrician by profession bringing 17 years’ experience in global maternal, new-born and child health with focus to gender issues. She has a strong management and clinical experience especially in managing maternal, new born and child health programs. Minister Gashumba is also the former President of the National Women Council, she is bringing a strong experience in empowering women through initiation of income generating activities, Gender related policy elaboration such as the Gender based violence policy, the Early childhood development policy, the sexual, adolescent and reproductive health policy among others.

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Jean-Philbert Nsengimana
Special Advisor, Smart Africa

Key Note Speaker

Jean Philbert Nsengimana recently joined Smart Africa as a Special Advisor. He is a strong believer in the combined power of leadership, technology, innovation and inclusive partnerships to drive Africa’s digital transformation. 

Prior to Smart Africa, Nsengimana served as Cabinet Minister of Youth and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Government of Rwanda for 6 years. In that capacity, he spearheaded several flagship initiatives including TransformAfrica Summits and YouthConnekt Africa Initiative. He led the design and implementation of the Smart Rwanda Master Plan with policies on Broadband for all, Digital Literacy, Cybersecurity, Digital Health, Education, Governance, Trade, Finance and Innovation in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Nsengimana’s 15 years’ experience includes successful stints in the private sector, international development and academia where he started his career.
He holds an MBA from Singapore's SP Jain School of Global Business and a Master's of Science in Software Engineering from the University of Rwanda.

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Agneta Karlsson
State Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Sweden.

Key Note Speaker

Agneta Karlsson is responsible for Health care, Public health and Sport in Sweden and leads the Swedish delegation now visiting Rwanda and Uganda. She graduated from Poppius School of Journalism and before that have degree in public administration, organisational theory, Stockholm University.

Agneta Karlsson started here public career as Political Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office in Sweden and after that Secretary to Deputy Mayor, Stockholm City Council. She then was a Political Officer at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation. 

She as served both at the  Ministry of Education, Research and Culture and several assignments at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. From 2014–2017 as State Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs for Minister Gabriel Wikström and now for the Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Annika Strandhäll.

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Mark Achola
CEO Iolar Consulting


Mark Achola will be moderator during the EAC Business & Investment Forum. He is an experienced business leader and prior to forming Iolar Consulting he was the Group Managing Director of AAR Health Care Holdings Ltd. He has also served as a Director of Kenya Health Care Federation and was a key participant in the East Africa Health Care Federation.  He had an eleven-year career in the AAR Group in which he served in various capacities, which included a four (4) year assignment in Uganda and was a founding member of the Uganda Health Care Federation.  

He is a member of several social clubs and also provides mentorship to budding entrepreneurs on a voluntary basis as part of his social investment activities. Mark is a focussed, experienced and innovative manager with admirable sales, customer service and business administration expertise.

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Jan Furuvald
Chairman, SWEACC

Key Note Speaker

A specialist in business strategy, in managing organizational changes and in business development processes. Track record and experience comes from working with large global corporations as well as independent companies in the Nordics, Europe and Africa.

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Swedish-East Africa Chamber of Commerce (SWEACC) together with East African Community Embassies in Nordic; Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, in partnership with Swecare Foundation