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

EABC in Action at the African Business Forum and AU Heads of State Summit

Introduction

The 32nd Ordinary Summit of AU Heads of State and Government  decided among others, to hold an Extraordinary Summit on 07 July 2019 in Niamey, Niger, to commemorate  the launch  of the operational  phase of the African  Continental  Free Trade Area  (AfCFTA). This will be a historic moment for the entire continent.

In  order  to  involve  the  business  community   in  this  great  commemoration,   an AfCFTA  Business  Forum  was held on 06 July 2019  on the margins of the Extraordinary  Summit,  under the theme "Positioning  Business to Operate to Scale in the AfCFTA  Market." The AfCFTA Business Forum 2019 built on the success of the AfCFTA  Business Forum 2018 held in Kigali, Rwanda, in March  2018.  Approximately   200 delegates participated in the  Business Forum which was officially opened by the President of Niger.

Objective
The objective of the 2019 AfCFTA  Business  Forum was to bring together African  Heads of State  and  Government,  African  Business  Leaders,   Business  Member  Organizations (BMOs)  and African  Policy Makers to discuss  and reflect on potential strategies  for the successful  implementation  of the AfCFTA,   leading to the  realization  of Africa's aspirations  as enunciated  in Agenda  2063:  The Africa  We Want. The expected  output from the Business Forum included increased  private sector awareness of the AfCFTA and sharing of information on how the AfCFTA will benefit the private sector in Africa.
There   were discussions   on how the   private   sector   can  contribute   to  the operationalization  and implementation  of the AfCFTA Agreement.
EABC delegation comprised; CEO Hon. Peter Mathuki, EABC Board Director Mr. Jim Kabeho and EABC Manager Policy and Standards, Mr. Lamech Wesonga


Key recommendations from the meeting relevant to EABC and private sector

1. Need to address the elimination of Non Tariff Barriers within the context of the AfCFTA
2. Need to promote value chains, local content for AfCFTA to realize its objectives
3. Need to for a well structured continental private sector body formed by recognized umbrella private sector bodies within the Regional Economic Communities.
4. EABC offers to host the Africa Business Council Secretariat
5. Single currency in Africa is a key pre-requisite to achieving the objectives of the AfCFTA
6. Meaningful trade cannot occur without trade financing
7. SMEs to play a critical part in the realization of the objectives of the AfCFTA

 

EABC will follow up with the AU Commission in Addis Ababa on the formation of the African Business Council and organize meetings with other RECs’ private sector bodies on the formation of the African Business Council.

 

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