About The Conclave

The East African region is of direct interest to India, both politically and economically. India has enjoyed historically enjoyed close economic ties with Eastern African countries and much of it is through investment-led trade. Even though Indian companies have an established footprint in these countries, huge potential exists in increasing Indian project exports to the region.

The CII – Exim Bank Regional Conclave on India – East Africa, will be a two day event with a strong focus on business deliberations, Business to Government (B2Gs) and Business to Business (B2Bs) engagements. It will be an opportunity for the Indian and African industry to identify priority areas and key projects for Indian investment and partnership, with a long-term commitment to the East African region. The project opportunities presented by East African companies and organisations would form an important component of the B2B discussions. The conclave will also serve as a critical platform for key dialogues between the Indian and East African business leaders, as well as between Governments from the two regions.

WHY EAST AFRICA : Increasing Indian Business Footprints

Market access to more than 145.5 million people 1 and combined GDP size of about US$ 147.5 billion

The world’s fastest reforming region in terms of business regulation

Most promising trading partners for India on the African continent

Abundant labour force - educated, trained, mobile, skilled and enterprising

Largest number of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and intergovernmental regional bodies.

English is widely spoken; it is one of or the only official language in at least four of the five Partner States

Large Indian diaspora in East Africa acts as significant link in attracting new Indian investments

Stable political environment and high level of governance and democracy

Guests of Honour

H.E. Yoweri K. Museveni
President of the
Republic of Uganda

Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda
Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business
Republic of Uganda

Ms. Rita Teotia
Commerce Secretary
Government of India


Strengthen India – East Africa developmental partnership

Showcase project exports and highlight successful implementation of projects by Indian companies in East Africa

Highlight the benefit of India’s credit schemes such as Lines of Credit and the Buyer’s Credit schemes etc.

Sensitize important stakeholders in the region to the strength of the Indian private sector and its ‘Triple • A technology’ (Affordable, Adaptable, Appropriate)

Identify special projects for countries in East Africa and establish stronger links with the region’s business community

FOCUS SECTORS: Opportunities for Investment

(including Off-Grid Renewable Energy)

Financial Services

Information Technology & Telecom

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

(including Transport - Rail & Road; Low - cost housing and Water)

(including Irrigation, production and processing)

Entertainment & Tourism

Education & Skill Development

Oil & Gas and Mining

(including Leather and Textiles)


Indian Institutions

  • Export – Import Bank of India (Exim Bank)
  • National Export Insurance Account (NEIA)
  • Kukuza Project Development Company (Exim Bank, ILFS, AfDB promoted Project Development Company (PDC) for infrastructure development in Africa)

African Institutions

  • East Africa Business Council (EABC)
  • East African Community (EAC)
  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • African Development Bank (AfDB)

International Institutions

  • International Trade Centre, through the Supporting Indian Trade and investment for Africa (SITA) project, funded by DFID
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)


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