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

COMMUNIQUÉ OF PRIVATE SECTOR ASSOCIATIONS IN THE EAC ON COVID-19 (NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS) COORDINATED BY THE EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL ON 26TH MARCH 2020.

COMMUNIQUÉ OF PRIVATE SECTOR ASSOCIATIONS IN THE EAC ON COVID-19 (NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS) COORDINATED BY THE EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL ON 26TH MARCH 2020.

We, the Chief Executive Officers of National Private Sector Apex Body Associations in the EAC region held an online meeting today, 26th March 2020 on the preparedness and response measures against the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the EAC region.

Noting that Covid-19 pandemic has infected 28,41,12, 14 in the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda respectively as of 26th March 2020. As we remain optimistic that together we shall overcome this global pandemic, the EAC region has reported 4 cases of recovered patients and no reported cases of infection in the Republics of South Sudan and Burundi.

Acknowledging the paramount importance of protecting the health, and safety of the East African people, as the regional private sector we commit and join hands with the governments to ensure that the business community complies with the measures to protect the lives of our fellow citizens.

 

Further, noting the ongoing Covid-19 presents a significant challenge to EAC economies, disrupting global and regional value chains hence impacting business operations from supplies, production capacity, distribution channels and utilization of resources. We commit to remain resilient

Appreciating, the recent efforts by the EAC Council of Ministers geared towards facilitating the free movement of goods and services across the EAC Partner States, following the joint statement by Ministers Responsible for Health and EAC Affairs issued on 25th March 2020 on Covid-19 preparedness and response in the EAC region.

Further, we appreciate and acknowledge, the EAC Partner States for engaging and incorporating the private sector in the National Coordination Committee on Covid-19 in the Partner States.

Committing to partner in information sharing, learning, monitoring amongst ourselves and collaborate closely with the governments of the EAC Partner States on Covid-19.

 

Noting the importance of the growth of EAC industries, food security and competitiveness of the EAC bloc in light of the pandemic, we recommend as follows:

 

  1. The EAC to come up with a common Post Covid-19 recovery/rebound strategy for the region with a focus on intra-EAC trade and investments.
  2. The EAC Partner States to replicate and learn best practices from each other towards compacting the pandemic.
  • Private Sector to collaborate closely with the governments to combat Covid-19 pandemic in the EAC region.
  1. The EAC region to ensure the borders remain fully operational and facilitate the free movement of goods and services across the EAC Partner States.
  2. The EAC Council of Ministers to hold meeting more frequently for information sharing and collaboration.
  3. As a prosperity measure, the EAC Partner States to regulate recurrent expenditures and focus on increasing budgetary allocation on health, social services and food security.
  • The EAC Partner States to allocate more funding towards the recruitment of health personnel to support combating the Covid-19 scourge.
  • The EAC Council of Ministers to come up with harmonized fiscal incentives for businesses in the region due to the impact of Covid-19.
  1. The EAC to come up with practical measures aimed at enhancing regional value chains to reduce over-reliance on imports.
  2. Private Sector Associations to collaborate and share information on the short term and long-term impact of Covid-19 to inform the business Post Covid-19 recovery strategy.
  3. The EAC to ensure food security, promote agro-processing and urban farming to carter for food provision in our urban setups
  • Fast track and enhance EAC framework for e-commerce to ensure ease and access to essential goods within the region.
  • The EAC to facilitate easier access to inputs and intermediate products for industries.
  • The EAC region to reduce port and transport fees, levies and charges affecting the competitiveness of the EAC bloc.
  1. Urge development partners to support the EAC and private sector initiatives of combating the Covid-19 outbreak in the region and also initiate donor round tables to support priority areas.

 

In conclusion, we appreciate and salute Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) in their role in promoting trade facilitation for increased trade and investments in the EAC region.

 

Signed on this 26th Day of March 2020.

 

 

 

Mr. Stephen Ruzibiza

Chief Executive Officer, Private Sector Federation- Rwanda (PSF).

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Godfrey Simbeye

Executive Director, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF).

 

 

Mr. Gideon Badagawa

Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).

 

 

 

 Dr. Peter Mathuki             

CEO/ Executive Director, East African Business Council (EABC).

 

Mr. Denis Nshimirimana 

Secretary General, Federal Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture – Burundi (CFCIB).       

 

 

Ms. Carole Kariuki

Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

 

Mr. Hamad Hamad

Executive Director, Zanzibar Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC).

 

 

Mr. Simon Deng

Secretary General, South Sudan Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (SSCCIA).

 

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