Water Africa and East Africa Building and Construction Exhibition and Seminars 10-12 October 2023, Kigali, Rwanda

The Water Africa and East Africa Building & Construction event is returning to Rwanda in October 2023 following a successful event held in September 2022. The 2023 event will be held again at the Serena Hotel, Kigali.









General Information

Water Africa & East Africa Building & Construction 2023 is organized by ACE Event Management, a United Kingdom company with a 27-year record of managing trade and technical events in Africa.

This Event is Supported by:
Institution of Engineers of Rwanda
Rwanda Institute of Architects
Rwanda Convention Bureau

Visitors to the exhibition will be primarily:
• Consultants, architects, developers, contractors, suppliers, government officials, NGO’s, and the general business community.
• In addition to the above, the seminar programme will attract representatives of foreign aid and funding agencies and other experts from the objective sectors.


Contact Info

ACE Event Management Ltd
Contact: Colin Shaw
Tel: +44 7475 937937


Local Partner:
College Publishers
Contact: Peter Nyangabyaki
Tel: +27 82 489 5127


Rwanda Representative:
Contact: Cissy Batamuriza
Tel: +250 789 803 152 or +250 727 301 280


Seminar Development Director:
Prof Bob Andoh


The Water Africa and East Africa Building & Construction event is returning to Rwanda in October 2023 following a successful event held in September 2022. The 2023 event will be held again at the Serena Hotel, Kigali.

This event follows those previously held in Ghana and Rwanda in 2022 and will be the third edition held in Rwanda. The event will encompass an exhibition covering products and services related to the Water, Sanitation, Building and Construction Sectors with a Seminar programme running alongside tackling subjects which are germane to these sectors, the Rwandan economy, its people and infrastructure.
Also, in conjunction with the Institution of Engineers Rwanda, there will be a CPD course conducted by our Development Director Prof. Robert Andoh, the subject of which is currently under discussion. The course will take place on the morning of the final day of the event. Further details will follow once the course content is agreed.

Country Overview

Small and landlocked, Rwanda is hilly and fertile with a densely packed population of about 13 million people (2021). It borders the far larger and richer Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as its closest East African neighbours, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi. Rwanda has recently a forged an agreement with DRC to open a trade corridor to the western seaport of Matadi.
With the support of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, Rwanda has been able to make important economic and structural reforms and sustain its economic growth rates over the last decade. Rwanda has the second fastest economic growth in Africa.

Economic Overview

After rolling with the Covid-19 pandemic’s blows, double-digit growth of 10.3 per cent for 2021 sets the tone for further growth, with the International Monetary Fund projecting that Rwanda will post 7 per cent growth for 2022.
 A nation that just a generation ago tore itself apart in one of the deadliest displays of division is now working towards a common purpose with a conviction of the convert.

At the heart of Rwanda’s approach has been a combination of business-friendly policies, raising the country’s standing in the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” index. Rwanda was ranked 29th in the world and second-best in Africa. There is, indeed, the successful adoption of economic plans to drive development indicators.

The main driver for Rwanda’s next national growth phase is the expansion of critical areas of the economy, including energy, education, finance, tourism, manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture, and the wide technological application by both businesses and government institutions.

Seminar Programme

“Infrastructure and the Built Environment: Needs, Solutions, and Progress towards SDGs and AU’s Agenda 2063”

Alongside the exhibition, there will be 2-day technical seminar programme, which will be run in cooperation with the Rwanda Institute of Engineers. The first day will cover Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental issues, the second day will, cover Building, Construction, Safety, and Infrastructure issues.

A Call for Papers will be issued in March 2023. Anyone wishing to give a presentation must provide an abstract for evaluation. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to give a presentation, but places will be limited. Presentations will be limited to 20-25 minutes.

The programme will provide an ideal opportunity for visitors, delegates, and exhibitors to understand the problems and needs of Rwanda and the wider East African community. The seminars also provide an opportunity to deliver information to many delegates from central and local government departments, consultants, architects, engineers, NGOs, and the general business community.

The seminars will be held in the Serena Hotel alongside the exhibition.

Topics include:

  • Addressing Housing Deficits through Innovation.
  • Affordable/Low-Cost Housing in Low Income Communities.
  • Financing Infrastructure and Mixed Developments.
  • The Role of the Public and Private Sectors in Housing.
  • Advanced Technologies in Modern Buildings.
  • The growth of Green Building Technology, Building Materials, and Practices.
  • Health and Safety Considerations and Fire Protection Systems.
  • The role of Ethics in Building and Construction Projects.
  • Development Control in Urban Areas.
  • Smart Homes and Leveraging ICT in the Built Environment.
  • Sustainable Development Goals and AU’s Agenda 2063.
  • Skills Gap in the Built Environment – Academia, Professional Practice, and Industry.

Why you should Exhibit at East Africa Building and Construction 2023

This event covers the Building, Construction and Infrastructure sectors, supported by the Institution of Engineers Rwanda and Rwanda Institute of Architects.
This event is a must for anyone supplying equipment and services to the Building, Construction and Infrastructure sectors
This event includes a one day Seminar programme which offers the chance for exhibitors and other interested parties to present their design concepts, products and services which meet the Theme of the seminars, to an audience of consultants, engineers, government depts., contractors and the general business community
Who should Exhibit at East Africa Building & Construction?

If your business falls under one of the categories listed below and you would like to expand your international markets, you should exhibit your products and services.

  • Reinforcing steel products 
  • Formwork and scaffolding 
  • Lifting appliances and conveyors 
  • Cranes, site lifts and other access equipment 
  • Mineral processing equipment 
  • Concrete mixing, batching, and placing equipment. 
  • Earthmoving equipment, including excavators, crawlers, graders, dozers, scrapers and loaders. 
  • Materials handling equipment, forklifts 
  • Tunnelling, drilling, and piling equipment. 
  • Compressors and associated equipment • 
  • Compaction equipment and rollers 
  • Road and pavement construction equipment 
  • Tools and associated materials 
  • Site installations and buildings 
  • Safety equipment and services
  • Quarrying equipment, crushers and building material recycling plant 
  • Instrumentation for control, measurement, and testing 
  • House and commercial building systems 
  • House and commercial building materials and fittings 
  • Plumbing, heating, fire-prevention and ventilation equipment and fittings 
  • Brick and block-making equipment 
  • Paints and surface finishes
  • Window frames and glazing, sanitary ware, tiles and flooring, soft furnishings, kitchen design and equipment, bathroom design and equipment, lighting fittings, security equipment and monitoring,

Why should you visit East Africa Building and Construction 2023

This event covers the Building, Construction and Infrastructure sectors, supported by the Institution of Engineers Rwanda and Rwanda Institute of Architects.

If you are a consultant, engineer, government officer, contractor or a member of the general business community, this event is a must to visit. The entry is FREE

This event has a one day Seminar covering many subjects which are locally and globally recognised as being of great importance to life and the development of the population. The entry is FREE


"The Expo helped in introducing our brand in Accra and we've met a lot of potential clients. Looking forward to your next event!"

Karam, Interstyle Ceramics Ghana Ltd


"Thank you very much for your support during the exhibition, it was great time, and we find good prospects during the exhibition"

Salman Salameh, Quantum Industries, Dubai, UAE


"Since 2011 we have been exhibiting at your event. Like all the other years it was a pleasure for me to be there. The venue is great, and your organization was perfect"

Swen Weiner, Herrenknecht, Germany


"A solid first event for KNAUF in Ghana! We enjoyed it and look forward to next year"

Hans Kisseih – Commercial Manager, KNAUF Ghana


"The quality of the selected topics and presenters including the CPD itself was of high standing."

Bonny Rutembesa – Executive Secretary
Institution of Engineers Rwanda


"I found the Rwandan event quite good, especially the first day. Thank you very much for your kindness and your very professional approach and way of work"

Bonny Rutembesa – Executive Secretary
Institution of Engineers Rwanda


"The organization for the exhibition was super and we were able to come out with an immediate sale as well as very good contacts for follow ups."

Ruth Wambui. Wagtech Africa. Kenya


"The event was well planned. We had a chance to share with engineers, architects and other exhibitors on our products. That opportunity opened leads for us that we are following with the view of doing projects in Rwanda."

McDonald Nyabonda
LABS Furniture and Equipment (Pty) Ltd


"Overall, I think the event was great and the choice of speakers were great. The exhibitors were of rich and diverse appeal, which was quite helpful."

Charles Haba - Managing Director. Century Real Estate


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