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EABC CEO Breakfast Round Table Meeting in Uganda Ends in High Note!


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CHAIR OF THE EAC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS AND EABC CHAIRMAN OFFICIALLY OPEN NEW EABC SECRETARIAT OFFICES IN ARUSHA TANZANIA


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EAC GAZETTE | 22 JANUARY 2019


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The round table was organized in collaboration with Private Sector Foundation Uganda

In his remarks, Mr. Jim Kabeho, EABC Vice Chairman reiterated the importance of the private sector to speak in one voice citing “politicians work in numbers.” He emphasized on the importance for the involved of the private sector in the formulation of policies and laws at the EAC level in accordance with the EAC Treaty that is people-centered and private sector driven.

The round table offered the opportunity for CEOs to get updated on EABC outlook and plans for 2019 and receive feedback on issues hindering the export of products and services in the region. Mr. Gideon Badagawa urged companies in Uganda to improve local production capacity by seizing the larger  East African Market and called for harmonized East African Standards.

Among matters discussed, include:

  • Transport and Railway
  • Elimination of NTBs
  • Competitiveness
  • Forest value chain
  • Private Sector Charter
  • New member-centric products and services

Hon Peter Mathuki, EABC CEO noted that EABC is no longer an Observer but a key partner in the EAC integration process. He urged for implementation and enforcement of laws that are business friendly and political goodwill to eliminate recurring NTBs in the region. He said that EABC is in the process of organizing high-level meeting with Heads of State to engage them on critical NTBs in the region.

“Our task as EABC is to ensure the EAC puts BUSINESS at the top of their agenda,” said Mr. Kaheru.

Special thanks to Mr. Jim Kabeho, EABC Vice Chairman and Board Directors from Uganda  Mr. Stuart J. Mwesigwa, Ms. Barbra Mulwana and Mr. Simon Kaheru for making the event a great success.

 

 

Arusha, Tanzania: January 31st, 2019: The East African Business Council (EABC) officially opened their new offices in Arusha, at Mafao House with a challenge presented to the entire business community of East Africa: "Take up the slogan: 'People-based & Private Sector-driven'

Officiating at the ceremony, the Chair of the Council of Ministers for East African Community, Rt. Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja, who was the Chief Guest, urged East African businesses to focus all their efforts on the people of the region and to take up leadership.

"You businessmen must know your surroundings. There are opportunities all over East Africa and you must find them within this region. Africa is the continent of the future; our population is growing fast. We provide a large market for produce and a strong work force of producers in this region," he said.

EABC Chairman, Nicholas Nesbitt applauded Hon. Kivejinja for framing the challenges of business and industry in the EAC within a global historical context.


"Thank you for reminding us, Right Honourable Minister, not to repeat history by selling ourselves for a few trinkets like beads, mirrors, and cowrie shells. As East Africans we should learn from history and not be confused by people coming from overseas bearing gifts," he said.


"As the Right Honourable Minister said, East Africa is full of opportunities and we need to lead our business community to take them up. No one country can grow without another, and as the EAC we should make this our ethos in everything," Nesbitt said.


Rt. Hon. Kivejinja was accompanied by Uganda's Minister for Security, Hon. Gen. Elly Tumwine, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for the Interior and Coordination of National Government, Defence Advisor at the Uganda High Commission to Tanzania, Maj. Gen. Stephen Kashaka, and Kenya's Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.


Gen. Tumwine commended the EABC on the new development and underscored the synergy between security and business, inviting the business community to add to the security efforts of the governments.


"Security is not about the armed forces. It is about everybody feeling free to do business wherever they want so long as they do it legally," he said, advising the business community to contribute to security by installing CCTV cameras at their premises.


Kenya's Ole Ntutu supported the suggestion.


Rt. Hon. Kivenjinja underscored the progress made by the EABC engagement with the EAC over the years..


"So far, for instance, we have cleared 45 non-tariff barriers (NTBs), and only 17 remain unresolved - but of those, we are sure of a way forward for 15 NTBs. We are positive about the future of business in the EAC," he said


In his closing remarks, Mr. Nesbitt reiterated his commitment to continue carrying the vision of the founding chairpersons of EABC and appreciated all members, members and partners in particular TradeMark East Africa for supporting the official launch of the new EABC Secretariat office and the continued support.