Meet The Rwandan Who Coordinates The Africa Visa Openness Index



The African Leadership Institute, once again, has a very strong cohort of emerging African leaders for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship for 2018. 

Amongst nearly 300 nominees of outstanding quality from over 30 African countries, 18 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme.

The candidates represent ten different African countries and various industries, and range from 30 to 39 years of age. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.

One of them is Jean-Guy Afrika, a Rwandan.

Jean-Guy Afrika is a public policy expert with deep specialization in trade, regional integration, and strategic planning and execution.

He works for the African Development Bank, where he coordinates one of the bank’s pioneering policy initiatives, the Africa Visa Openness Index (AVOI).

The Index aims to relax visa restrictions on the continent to facilitate the movement of people.

To date, it has encouraged close to 10 African countries to ease visa restrictions, thereby unlocking enormous potential for intra-regional trade, investments and tourism. 

Jean-Guy is also the Coordinator of the Africa Trade Fund, the Bank’s largest trade-related technical assistance fund.  

Before joining the Bank, Jean-Guy worked as senior policy expert with the East African Community (EAC) and director of export promotion in the Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency.

In 2010, he was recognized by the Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers for special contributions in the finalization of the EAC Common Market Protocol and in 2012, his alma mater (George Mason University) honored him with the Distinguished Young Alumnus Awards for outstanding achievements in the field of policy.  

Beyond work, Jean-Guy is passionate about and holds deep industry knowledge of e-commerce and digital marketing in the African context.

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