Rwanda to Host Continental Private Sector Summit

The Government of Rwanda will host a Private Sector Summit organized jointly with Friends of the Global Fund Africa and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Saturday, 6 November 2010. The theme of the event is “Increasing Returns on Investment in the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria”. President Paul Kagame is scheduled to speak at the Summit.

The goal of the Private Sector Summit is to enhance engagement of African private sector in the fight against the three pandemics affecting the continent, and to mobilize resources for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Summit is also part of the ‘Gift from Africa’ campaign – an effort in partnership with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria which began in June 2010 and encourages organization in the African private sector to support the Global Fund in its efforts to eradicate AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Global Fund is the largest funder in the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the African region currently receives approximately 60% of Global Fund approved grants. It is very important to Africa that this fund continues, especially because it plays a significant role in supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

As 2010 is the Global Fund’s replenishment year; this Summit is an opportune time for members of the private sector to contribute to the fight against the three pandemics while making an investment in Africa and contributing to the welfare of Africans. It is also an opportunity for increased visibility in the African region. Participating companies will benefit from this unique gathering hosted by the people of Rwanda.

Friends Africa (Friends of the Global Fund Africa) is a Pan-African organization which works to mobilize strategic political and financial support for the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria through education, multisectoral advocacy, documentation and technical assistance.

Media contacts for Private Sector Summit:

Yolande Makolo myolande@presidency.gov.rw +250 788 306800

Shaduri Rumongi srumongi@presidency.gov.rw +250 788 580110

For more information on Friends Africa and the Private Sector Summit, please visit www.friends-africa.org/private-sector-summit.php or email bbissalla@friends-africa.org and cnwachukwu@friends-africa.org or call =23401 213 7273

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