Kigali — The African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is underway in Kigali, marking its 9th iteration as a central assembly for driving female entrepreneurship across the continent.
According to Africa News Agency, AWIEF brings together a myriad of business owners, leaders, and communities from various parts of Africa and beyond. The forum stands as a pivotal event for promoting trade within Africa, recognizing innovations and achievements, and facilitating networking among those involved in the continent’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
This year’s theme, “Leveraging the Power of the Digital Economy: Innovate, Redefine, Empower,” focuses on broadening inclusivity, strengthening partnerships, and augmenting the role of women in the digital economy.
The founder and CEO of AWIEF, Irene Ochem, expressed enthusiasm about hosting the conference in East Africa for the first time, particularly in Kigali, a city noted for its growth in business, technology, and innovation sectors. Ochem emphasized the importance of connecting the African entrepreneurship ecosystem with global counterparts.
Rwanda’s Minister of ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, articulated the country’s honor in hosting the conference. Ingabire highlighted Rwanda’s recognition of women’s essential role in national development and the eagerness to explore practical solutions for Africa’s inclusive digital transformation and reducing the gender gap.
The AWIEF also serves as a celebration of African women’s achievements, and this year it will honor FIFA Secretary Fatma Samoura with a special award among other accolades.