Supporting Inclusive Business Models in East Africa

The Business Call to Action (BCtA), will host a panel discussion and reception featuring senior representatives from two of Kenya’s leading companies, Equity Bank and Safaricom. The event will take place at Sarova Stanley, Wednesday, May 16 at 18:00. Attendees at this event will hear private sector representatives speak about current trends in East Africa’s inclusive business landscape and have the opportunity to meet with BCtA partner organizations, companies and institutions.

Recognizing the importance of the private sector for promoting innovation and economic development, the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative housed at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), encourages companies to promote inclusive business through initiatives which offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact. (www.businesscalltoaction.org)

The event is co-convened by Kenya ICT Board and Accenture Development Partnerships. The event is sponsored by Sarova Stanley Hotels.

What: Supporting Inclusive Business Models in East Africa, Panel Discussion &Reception

Featured Speakers:

Mary WangariWamae, Director Strategy & Corporate Affairs, Equity Bank

Sylvia Mulinge, General Manager Business Enterprise Unit, Safaricom

Humphrey Muturi, General Manager – SME Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya

Nat Robinson, CEO, JuhudiKilimo

Moderator:

Susan Chaffin, Programme Manager of the Business Call to Action

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2010 at 18:00 (6:00 pm)

Where: Sarova Stanley, Corner of Kenyatta Avenue and Kimathi Street, Nairobi

Contact: For more information about the event please contact: Susan Chaffin; susan.chaffin@undp.org; Kenyan Mobile Tel: 733-23-3623; UNDP NY Tel: 1-212-906-5871

About the Business Call to Action

The Business Call to Action is a global initiative that challenges companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for development impact along with commercial success. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme, the UN Global Compact, the Government of the United Kingdom, the Government of Australia, the Clinton Global Initiative and the International Business Leaders Forum to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The BCtA tracks commitments companies make and lessons-learned on what works well for both businesses and poor communities that can be replicated globally. For more information, visit: www.businesscalltoaction.org

About Accenture Development Partnerships

Accenture Development Partnerships collaborates with organizations working in the international development sector by delivering innovative solutions that truly change the way people work and live.We also help companies targeting emerging markets for growth to develop the kind of social development projects that are essential to build traction in these regions.

About Kenya ICT Board

The Kenya ICT Board was established by HE President MwaiKibaki, as a state corporation under the State Corporations Act Cap. 446 on 19th February 2007. The achievement of an information-based society is one of the main priorities of the Government towards the realization of national development goals and objectives for wealth and employment creation.ICT is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country. Harnessing of ICTs will therefore help the Government to realize a number of its key public policy objectives. In general, ICT will contribute significantly to the process by improving government operations as outlined in the e-government strategy.

Source: United Nations – Press Release – 16 May 2012