Your Guide to the AWIEF Conference 2023 in Kigali

The Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Conference is back in 2023, and Kigali is the chosen host city for this exciting event. This is a comprehensive guide to AWIEF Conference 2023 by Whatsnxt. We want to make sure you’re well-prepared for this transformative experience.

About AWIEF Conference 2023

The annual AWIEF Conference and Awards celebrate the African entrepreneurial ecosystem, focusing on women’s innovation and entrepreneurship. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Date: The conference is scheduled for Thursday, 9 & 10 November 2023.
  • Location: The event takes place at the Kigali Convention Centre, situated at KG 2 Roundabout, Kigali.
  • Purpose: The AWIEF Conference is a powerful platform showcasing the capacity, talents, and achievements of African women entrepreneurs and innovators. The 2023 theme is “Leveraging the Power of the Digital Economy: Innovate, Redefine, Empower.”
  • Highlights: The conference includes impactful dialogue, a glittering awards ceremony, a multi-sector exhibition, and numerous networking opportunities.
  • Partnerships: AWIEF Conference 2023 is in collaboration with Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT and Innovation and Rwanda Convention Bureau.

Travel Tips for International Attendees

  1. Visa Requirements: Check Rwanda’s visa requirements before your trip. Many nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival, but it’s best to confirm your specific needs in advance.
  2. Accommodation: Kigali offers a range of accommodation options for all budgets. Booking your accommodation in advance is advisable. Consider staying near the Kigali Convention Centre for added convenience. We recommend staying in Kimironko or Kisimenti for added convenience as they are both near the Convention Centre and close to the market.
  3. Transportation: Kigali International Airport (KGL) is your gateway. Arrange airport transfers or taxis in advance for a smooth journey to your accommodation. The city is compact and easy to navigate. If you’ll be using the motor bikes, try having a Rwandan around as most speak their local language, Kinyarwanda.
  4. Currency: The official currency is the Rwandan Franc (RWF). While credit cards are widely accepted, carry some cash for smaller purchases and transportation.
  5. Weather: Kigali enjoys a temperate climate. Check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly. Remember essentials like sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and an umbrella. (Note: it’s raining quite frequently in Kigali at this time, so move an umbrella up in your packing list).
  6. Local Cuisine: Explore the local food scene and try traditional Rwandan dishes. “Brochettes” and “isombe” are local favorites.
  7. Networking: Take full advantage of networking opportunities and side events. The AWIEF Conference draws a diverse crowd, making it an excellent opportunity to build international connections.

The AWIEF Conference 2023 in Kigali is set to be a vibrant and impactful event celebrating African women’s innovation and entrepreneurship. As an international attendee, these travel tips will enhance your experience and ensure a seamless journey in the heart of Kigali.

For more information about the conference and registration details, visit the official AWIEF Conference 2023 website.

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