Wednesday marks the first official day of #ALN2014! ALN members started off the day with a tour of Kigali. They were able to see how this city has positioned itself as an African city of the future, with the goal of becoming “the Singapore of Africa.” There was also a stop at Inema Arts Center and a discussion on the future of African cities, hosted by the Yswara Foundation.
The tour included a visit to the Genocide Memorial Center, a somber reminder of Rwanda’s history – as well as a testament to the progress has been made in the 20 years since the tragedy.
The group then convened at the Mille Collines Hotel (the hotel where the manager, Paul Rusesabagina, housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during the genocide, inspiring the film Hotel Rwanda). There, they participated in a networking lunch hosted by ALN’s anchor sponsor, Omidyar Network. They continued to a discussion on investment opportunities in Rwanda, where Rwandan companies and investment experts shared information about the investment climate. The following session was on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, where we heard from public health professionals who have worked on the ground in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.