EABC-UNECA CONFERENCE ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (AFCFTA)
EABC-UNECA CONFERENCE ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (AFCFTA)
EABC-UNECA CONFERENCE ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (AFCFTA)
EABC BOARD DIRECTORS WITH EAC HEADS OF STATE
EABC TPSF CEO ROUND TABLE
EABC Institutional and Governance Structure Capacity Enhancement Workshop
Technical Advocacy Coordination Team Meeting
Hon Mathuki at planning workshop
EABC CFCIB CEO ROUND TABLE IN BURUNDI
EABC CFCIB CEO ROUND TABLE IN BURUNDI
EABC CFCIB CEO ROUND TABLE IN BURUNDI
EABC PSFU CEO Round Table in Kampala Uganda
EABC KEPSA CEO ROUND TABLE IN KENYA
EABC KEPSA CEO ROUND TABLE IN KENYA
EABC KEPSA CEO ROUND TABLE IN KENYA
EABC ARUSHA CEO ROUND TABLE
EABC MASTER TRAINING ON TRADE FACILLITATION
EABC PSF CEO ROUND TABLE IN KIGALI
EABC PSF CEO ROUND TABLE IN KIGALI
EABC PSF CEO ROUND TABLE IN KIGALI
German East African Community Business and Investment Day
German East African Community Business and Investment Day
German East African Community Business and Investment Day
REGIONAL PRIVATE SECTOR CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP ON AFCFTA TARIFFS OFFERS & ENGAGEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS
REGIONAL PRIVATE SECTOR CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP ON AFCFTA TARIFFS OFFERS & ENGAGEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS
REGIONAL PRIVATE SECTOR CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP ON AFCFTA TARIFFS OFFERS & ENGAGEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS
REGIONAL PRIVATE SECTOR CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP ON AFCFTA TARIFFS OFFERS & ENGAGEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS
REGIONAL PRIVATE SECTOR CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP ON AFCFTA TARIFFS OFFERS & ENGAGEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS
EABC in partnership with GIZ trains SMEs from the region on trade
Regional Workshop on Integrating Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) for Trade and Investment in Eastern Africa
Regional Workshop on Integrating Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) for Trade and Investment in Eastern Africa
Regional Workshop on Integrating Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) for Trade and Investment in Eastern Africa
20th EABC Annual General Meeting
20th EABC Annual General Meeting
20th EABC Annual General Meeting
20th EABC Annual General Meeting
20th EABC Annual General Meeting
20th EABC Annual General Meeting
20th EABC Annual General Meeting
20th EABC Annual General Meeting
20th EABC Annual General Meeting
East Africa Business Council receives grant from TradeMark East Africa, to reduce barriers to trade in the EAC
East Africa Business Council receives grant from TradeMark East Africa, to reduce barriers to trade in the EAC
East Africa Business Council receives grant from TradeMark East Africa, to reduce barriers to trade in the EAC

The world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, with governments exerting varied levels of effort and measures to combat the rapid spread. In Tanzania, the President of the URT on 22 March 2020 gave a Situation Report (SITREP), reporting current confirmed infections of 12 in total (with one case reportedly infected in Tanzania, and the others having come from travelers from outside Tanzania). The situation is alarming, and the impact on the economy is fast creeping in, with several nations declaring a total lockdown on movements, flights, etc. These measures will immediately directly hit the Tanzanian economy, especially the Agriculture and Tourism sectors. Data as of 21 March 2020, the latest from the World Health Organization Portal, has global confirmed cases of 292,142 (26,069 within 24-hours of 21 March 2020), and 12,784 deaths (1,600 within 24 – hours of 21 March 2020). Africa has 739 confirmed cases and 20 deaths so far.

The Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT) would like to commend the government of Tanzania and the Private Sector through our umbrella organization, the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) for the measures taken to combat the spread and impact of COVID-19, and for working closely as partners to ensure an end-to-end action against the pandemic. Since, however, Agriculture is on the frontline of sectors that are directly impacted by this outbreak, we propose that a Crisis Advisory Committee be formed to coordinate the Agriculture private sector.

The Committee shall be guided but not limited by the following Terms of Reference:

i. Assess the impact of COVID-19 (actual and potential) on agriculture value chains to inform formulation and enforcement of risk mitigating measures. These measures will be communicated to the government for enforcement, and to the sector for adherence;

ii. Provide a focal platform for engagement with the government of Tanzania and Development Partners on support mechanisms to agriculture responding to the shocks and risks to cushion the agriculture sector;

iii. Develop, and advise or inform the Agriculture Private Sector, the Best Practices to implement in response to the situation;

iv. Prepare shock recovery proposals for the agriculture sector in Tanzania, especially for the badly hit sectors, build a case to the government, financiers and other regulatory bodies on how to jointly allay the shocks and revitalize the sector.

 

Committee Members:  Dr. Sinare Yusuf Sinare Immediate Past Chair – ACT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 Prof. Nuhu Hatibu Regional Head – AGRA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MARKET ACCESS UPGRADE PROGRAMME

Resource Efficiency and Circular Production Component

  

The Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) is a regional development initiative that aims to contribute to the economic growth of the East African Community (EAC). More specifically, it aims to support increased exports of agribusiness and horticultural products, promote regional integration and access to the European market. It assists small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda by targeting specific agricultural commodities. Funded by the European Union (EU), this initiative is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations, as well as the German Agency for International Development Cooperation (GIZ) and other national partners.

 

TARGET COMPANIES:

ITC is currently selecting tea companies based in Tanzania to benefit from the following activities:

  • Personalized face-to-face coaching sessions with an expert in resource efficiency:
  • Expert coach will assess the current performance of the company on resource efficiency, and develop (jointly with the company) measures to enhance resource efficiency and introduce circular production practices.
  • Preparation of a resource efficiency business strategy based on cost-benefit analysis.
  • Guidance on accessing technology and expertise for the implementation of the resource efficiency strategy.
  • Duration: Total of approx. 5 days for the analysis and discussion of measures with the coach from May to August 2020.

 

  • Tailored workshops and trainings on different resource efficiency topics such as:
  • Circular Production processes for tea companies
  • Energy efficiency systems
  • Waste management and recycling systems

 

  • Access to the online training “Resource Efficient and Circular Production Processes” hosted by the ITC SME Trade Academy (from Q1 2020).
  • There is no cost involved for companies that participate in the coaching programme and related trainings.

Benefits for tea companies in Tanzania:

  • Improved productivity and resource efficiency management (especially energy and waste).
  • Development of own resource efficiency strategy.
  • Better compliance with requirements of international buyers on resource efficiency.
  • Anticipating new regulations on environmental performance.
  • Creating a competitive advantage through efficiencies and enhanced environmental performance.

 

Timeline:

  • Coaching programme will begin in May until August 2020.
  • A final workshop will take place in August/September 2020.

 

Qualifications to join the project

  • Tea companies legally registered and operating in Tanzania,
  • Strong motivation to enhance resource efficiency and implement circular production processes,
  • Interest to invest time of management/employees and resources in resource efficiency (through internal or external financing),
  • Preference to locally-owned companies.

 

How to apply:

If you are interested in taking part in the Project, please complete the attached application form and send it by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Deadline for application 29 February 2020.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Annegret Brauss (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Delphine Clement (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) should you have further questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The International Trade Centre (ITC) is implementing the "Market Access Upgrade Programme" (MARKUP), which aims to contribute to the economic development of the East African Community partner countries by improving their market access to the European Union (EU) and the East African region. Financed by the EU, the programme supports post-harvest organisations operating in agro-industrial crop and horticultural sectors, including coffee, in five EAC partner countries.

While there exists a number of technical assistance activities aimed at improving the trade competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), accessing vocational training still remains a challenge.

Therefore, the ITC supports in technical assistance activities by partnering with Authorised SCA Trainers (ASTs) to deliver specialist modules on Sensory Skills and Green Coffee in the SCA Coffee Skills Programme. Both modules aim to contribute to the skills sets of people within the coffee industry, especially by improving their abilities to assess and manage high quality coffee. The training level offered is at the Professional Level of the SCA Coffee Skills Programme, which is suitable if you want to pursue specialist knowledge at a high level in your subject. Success at this level should indicate to employers a high level of competence to work in the field. Extensive experience is recommended before attempting this level. Candidates must hold the Intermediate qualification in the module before attempting the Professional level. Courses at this level would take a minimum of 3 days.

Participants are to be awarded an SCA Professional Certificate for each module they pass.

Taking into account your interest and experience in this field of work, we hope to welcome you soon to our training sessions in Moshi, Tanzania.

Kindly feel free to apply through the link https://form.jotform.com/200433759963361

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is implementing the "Market Access Upgrade Programme" (MARKUP), which aims to contribute to the economic development of the East African Community partner countries by improving their market access to the European Union (EU) and the East African region. Financed by the EU, the programme supports post-harvest organisations operating in agro-industrial crop and horticultural sectors, including coffee, in five EAC partner countries.

While there exists a number of technical assistance activities aimed at improving the trade competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), accessing vocational training still remains a challenge.

Therefore, the ITC supports in technical assistance activities by partnering with Authorised SCA Trainers (ASTs) to deliver specialist modules on Sensory Skills and Green Coffee in the SCA Coffee Skills Programme. Both modules aim to contribute to the skills sets of people within the coffee industry, especially by improving their abilities to assess and manage high quality coffee. The training level offered is at the Professional Level of the SCA Coffee Skills Programme, which is suitable if you want to pursue specialist knowledge at a high level in your subject. Success at this level should indicate to employers a high level of competence to work in the field. Extensive experience is recommended before attempting this level. Candidates must hold the Intermediate qualification in the module before attempting the Professional level. Courses at this level would take a minimum of 3 days.

Participants are to be awarded an SCA Professional Certificate for each module they pass.

Taking into account your interest and experience in this field of work, we hope to welcome you soon to our training sessions in Moshi, Tanzania.

Kindly feel free to apply through the link https://form.jotform.com/200433759963361

 EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL SETS THE ECONOMIC AGENDA FOR EAC BLOC, AS THE REGION MARKED 20 YEARS

 The High-Level East African Business and Investment Summit organized by the East African Business Council and the East African Community under the theme EAC@20 Private Sector-Driven Regional Integration for increased intra-EAC Trade and Investments was held at Gran Melia Hotel on 28th and 29th November 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania. The Business Summit was officially opened by Hon. Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation on behalf of H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. The Chief Guest, echoed wisdom of H.E. Mwl. Julius Kambarage Nyerere, Former President and Founding Father of the United Republic of Tanzania, that EAC regional integration is not a choice but a necessity for social economic growth and development!

Over 500 delegates composed of captains of industry, ministers, senior government officials, investors, members of parliament, ambassadors, women in business, the diaspora and development partners from the region and beyond, engaged in candid conversation about the future of East African businesses and charted out recommendations aimed at increasing intra-EAC-trade to 40%, as well as reposition the EAC bloc as a leading trade and investment destination. High on the agenda was new inspiring insights, critical self-examination and candid deliberations on:

  • Economic growth and job creation through industrialization;
  • Positioning the private sector to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA);
  • Impact of SMEs towards the growth of EAC economies;
  • Opportunities of digitization for business in the EAC;
  • Harmonization of the EAC tax regime; and
  • Enhancing Public-Private Collaboration for increased intra- EAC trade.

The Business Summit took stock of EAC achievements for the last 20 years and the parallel exhibition showcased the latest industrial innovations, products and services. The EAC has made tremendous progress in facilitating business in East Africa as well as improving the social-economic environment. The private sector has been pivotal in these achievements, including: putting in place a Customs Union, implementing the Common Market and Monetary Union Protocols, and laying the foundation for EAC Political confederation. Similarly, there has been construction and operationalization of 13 One-Stop Border Posts (OSBP), simplified certificate of origin and cargo processing regime, implementation of a Common External Tariff, development and improvement of physical infrastructure, adoption of a number of sector policies, among others that have resulted in increased trade volumes.

On the downside, it was noted that there is a downward trend in the profile of EAC as an attractive trade and investment destination due to persistent Non-Tariff Barriers, high costs of doing business, un-harmonized domestic tax regimes, infrastructure bottlenecks, deficient skills and technology and high cost of finance among others.

On 29th November 2019, on behalf of the business community, Mr. Nick Nesbitt, EABC Chairman presented the resolutions from the business summit to the EAC Council of Ministers. Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta, Chair of the EAC Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Republic of Rwanda signed the resolutions from the high-level business and investment summit. The resolutions will be forwarded to the EAC Heads of State for consideration and implementation.

(Right) Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta, Chair of the EAC Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Republic of Rwanda received the resolutions from the high-level business and investment summit from Mr. Nick Nesbitt, EABC Chairman (left), looking on is Hon. Peter Mathuki, EABC CEO.

 

RESOLUTIONS FROM THE HIGH-LEVEL BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT SUMMIT TO THE EAC COUNCIL OF MINISTER

  • The EAC integration should be truly people-centered and private sector driven as envisioned in the EAC Treaty under article 7.

 

  • The EAC region to double the intra EAC trade from 12%-24% within five years by addressing persistent non-tariff barriers, diversifying production, opening up borders, promotion of regional value chains and development of regional local content policy.

 

  • Implementation of regional policies and directives by the Partner States is instrumental in increasing trade in the region. The public sector should fast track the domestication and implementation of regional and sectoral policies, laws and protocols to create an enabling business environment.

 

  • The EAC region needs to be jointly promoted as a single investment destination, with reliable investor information packaged to aid investor decision making.

 

  • Partner States to fast track tax harmonization by using a number of measures including establishing an initiative to address tax-related issues.

 

  • EAC Partner States should take into consideration language barriers within the EAC region that impede ease of doing business.

 

  • Private sector to work closely with the public sector to establish a regional tax and regulatory initiative for business development.

 

  • Partner States to fast-track the conclusion of the comprehensive review of the Common External Tariff.

 

  • There is an urgent need for alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to facilitate trade.

 

  • The East African region should adopt the emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as robotics, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things to reduce costs and expand their services globally.

 

  • The public and private sector need to collaborate to design measures that will catalyze the Digital revolution in East Africa including Tech Bonds, Special Economic Zones (SEZ), Tech Parks, Tech Hubs and protect its data by putting in place data sovereignty policies.

 

  • The EAC Partner States should embrace the AfCFTA for the private sector to take advantage of the opportunities therein. 
  • EAC Partner States to put in place measures for special consideration of women in business in the EAC integration process.

 

  • EAC Partner States should enhance sensitization campaigns for the citizenry to know more about the EAC integration process.

 

  • EAC Partner States to expedite the finalization of the Standardization, Accreditation and Conformity Assessment Bill (SACA Bill, 2017).

 

  • Public and private sectors to prioritize capacity building for SMEs in areas such as financing, digitization; technology acquisition, market access, linkages with multinationals among others to be able to upgrade their operations for sustainability and growth.

 

  • The EAC region should support the development and upgrading of regional value chains, specifically supporting the private sector who are already established in the region as well as attract new investments.

 

  • The EAC region should put in place measures to address the high cost of production such as the energy tariffs, logistical bottlenecks and access to affordable finance.

 

  • EAC Partner States are encouraged to expedite the admission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a view to broadening and widening the market. Discussions should also be geared towards encouraging Ethiopia to join the EAC bloc.

 

  • To enhance the competitiveness of export of coffee to the EAC and the rest of the world, it is necessary to enhance trade facilitation and other technical and trade policy reforms, both regionally and nationally.

 

  • Recognizing that private sector is the driver of the EAC integration, there is need to re-examine the wording and purpose of observer status of EABC at the EAC level with a view of becoming a true Partner.

 

  • There is need to have structured and thematic business engagements between the public and private sector that are sustainable in nature to address trade and investment issues.

 

  • Inclusion of the Academia in advancing regional integration initiatives.

 

  • Noting the role of Public-Private Partnerships in the economic development of the EAC region, there is need for creation of special purpose vehicles to allow investors to inject in money.

 

  • There is need for the EAC region to create strong linkages with the Diaspora.

 

  • A joint committee comprising EABC and EAC Council of Ministers should be set up to closely monitor the implementation of the High-Level Business Summit resolutions.

 

  • An action plan shall be developed to implement the resolutions of the High-Level East African Business Summit.

 

 

(Right) Mr. Anders Lindgren , CEO Safal Group, receives EABC Outstanding Individual Award on behalf of Dr. Manu Chandaria, EABC Founding Chairman & Chairman of Safal Group from H.E. Amb. Manfredo Fanti, EU Head of Delegation to EAC and the United Republic of Tanzania, the Chief Guest at the Grand Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony (Left).     

During the Gala Dinner, the East African Business Council honoured the following outstanding individuals and partners in recognition of their contribution towards the EAC regional integration process.

Outstanding Individuals

  • Manu Chandaria
  • Mwine Jim Kabeho
  • The Late Dr. Reginald Mengi
  • The Late Prof. James Mulwana
  • Dr. Juma Mwapachu
  • Keli Kiilu
  • Dennis Karera
  • Vimal Shah
  • Nicholas Nesbitt

Outstanding Partners

  • TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)
  • German International Cooperation (GIZ)
  • Federation of German Industries (BDI)
  • European Union (EU)

The following companies were awarded in recognition of their excellence in the East African region.

  • Bakhresa Group of Companies - Manufacturing
  • KCB Bank Group Ltd - Professionalism and innovative banking solutions
  • Simba Telecom - Telecommunication service
  • RwandAir - Demonstrated growth and connecting the region.
  • Savonor S.A - Innovative solutions and bridging the gap between farming and technology.
  • B&S Group of Companies - Emerging SME & powerhouse in the region.
  • Coca-Cola - Support to East African Business Council and contribution to the EAC regional integration process.

 

The closing of the High-Level Business and Investment Summit was marked by a High-Level Business Networking Cocktail graced by the Chief Guest, Rt. Hon Ngoga Martin, Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly. During the networking cocktail, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA) hosted at Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) and International Business Machine (IBM) with the aim of enhancing collaboration between the academia and industry on digital skills, entrepreneurship promotion, internship and collaborative research.

Organizing Partners

The High Level East African Business and Investment Summit was co-organized in close collaboration with the respective EAC Investment Promotion Agencies and EABC National Focal Points, namely the Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industries Burundi (CFCIB), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF), South Sudan Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (SSCCIA), Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).

Supporting Partners

Safal Group, Coca Cola, TCC, Motisun Group, KCB Bank Group, CRDB Bank, Serengeti Breweries, Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (TCCIA), RwandaAir, Kenya Airways, East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP), Federation of German Industries (BDI), GIZ - German Development Cooperation, International Trade Centre (ITC), Msingi East Africa and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).

 

 

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