Board Chairman Tidjane Thiam’s visited our offices and interacting with the team for the first time, on May 28, 2021. He met two board members and the Rwanda Finance Limited staff to discuss the increasing importance Kigali International Financial Centre is having on investment into Africa. Mr Thiam’s role as Chair is to oversee and guide the strategy of KIFC, bringing his vast experience and insights to the project, as the Centre strives to turn Kigali into an international financial services hub. Mr Thiam arrived in Rwanda as part of President Macron of France’s official delegation to Rwanda, in his capacity as the African Union’s Special Envoy for COVID-19. Mr Thiam was also hosted by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning where he met with Rwanda’s Finance Minister, Rwanda Development Board CEO, Governor of the Central Bank, RFL’s CEO Nick Barigye among other officials where they discussed Rwanda’s vision and economic development journey as well as KIFC’s mandate to contribute to the country’s ambitions of becoming a financial services hub.
RFL’s CEO Nick Barigye said:
“It was a pleasure to finally welcome Mr Thiam to our offices to discuss our vision for KIFC as one of Africa’s leading international financial centres. Our Chair’s visit today has given the team in Kigali further energy and inspiration to work even harder to realise our vision of Rwanda as one of Africa’s leading international financial centres”.
Board Chairman Tidjane Thiam stated:
“Innovation, intellectual leadership, credibility, strong human capital, and soft skills will be decisive in terms of success for the Kigali International Financial Centre.”
Louise Kanyonga, one of the board directors who welcomed Mr. Thiam commented:
“We held insightful conversations on the vision and positioning of the Kigali International Financial Centre. The financial services ecosystem has immense potential to catalyse Rwanda’s economic transformation. We have our work cut out under this exceptional leadership.”