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Dear Friends and Colleagues

It is my pleasure and that of the Rwanda Ophthalmology Society, to invite you to the 7th Annual Scientific Congress of the College of  Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA 2019) to be held from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd August 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.

This meeting will be held in the iconic and award-winning Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) the premium events venue in Rwanda and a hugely popular MICE destination in Africa.

The multifaceted design of KCC reflects a true Rwandan with the KCC dome shape auditorium which reproduces a hut in the King Palace and boasts a capacity of 2600 guests, while the 291-rooms, Radisson Blu Hotel, architectural faade replicates a traditional and colourful weaved basket. Despite this nod to the past, the centre also boasts cutting-edge technology, high speed internet, and audio-visual equipment expected of a world class facility.

The organizers are busy assembling a faculty of respected speakers, both internationally and locally. It is always rewarding to be a part of this annual COECSA event where we can learn alongside fellow leaders and innovators in ophthalmology committed to ensuring that our patients receive the best in care always. Many great resources, networking opportunities, and conversations will happen at COECSA, and I hope that you will join us for three fulfilling days in Kigali.

I am thrilled to be Chair at this year's Annual COECSA Conference, and I look forward to personally welcoming you in August.

Dr John Nkurikiye, MD, FCOphSA , FEACO
COECSA 2019 Congress Chair