The Office of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region (OSESG-GL) expresses its gratitude to the co-organizers of the Private Sector Investment Conference for the Great Lakes region, namely the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Conference brought together over 500 business leaders and political stakeholders not only from the region, but also from around the world. The presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila Kabange, brought even more significance to the event by drawing world attention to the challenges facing the development of the Great Lakes region of Africa. A note of gratitude also to all the development partners, international organizations, and UN funds and agencies that have made financial and in-kind contributions for the successful organization of the Conference. Sincere thanks to all the anonymous individuals, whose contributions have been instrumental in this common endeavor. Finally, a big thank you to the participants whose enthusiasm made all the difference. Without the valuable support of each one, the Conference would not have achieved its objectives. As a first in the region, we should all take pride in the success achieved together.