EABC Membership development activities include:
Increased membership to ensure that the EABC is fully representative of the private sector and that the private sector is speaking with a common voice on key issues.
Encourage more Business Membership Organisation to join EABC to ensure wider reach.
Promote closer collaboration between the various BMOs to ensure commonality of message.
Deliver services to members through the next 4 pillars
• Provide a regional platform through which the EAC private sector can input into the process of diagnosing the business climate problems; in designing of the policy reforms and their implementation and monitoring;
• Commission and undertake research and analysis to support evidence based policy proposals
• Advocate to EAC policy makers for policy reforms and implementation; through working with National Focal Points, BMOs and other stakeholders.
• Maintain regular interactive dialogue with EAC policy makers, Members and other stakeholders.
• Participate in technical, sectoral and ministerial meetings, and other policy making organs at EAC where we articulate private sector positions.
• Coordinate private sector into Sector or issue specific regional platforms to improve and enhance advocacy. 6 Platforms have been formed so far – Women in Trade; Employers, Professional Services; Tourism, Financial Services and Standards.
• Provide Members with information on key legislative and regulatory developments in the East African Community; in a timely and easy to read manner.
• Provide regular and up-to-date trade information and other business intelligence that can help Members do business / make decisions.
• Develop useful communication tools – website, electronic newsletter, issue and policy briefs; directory, among others.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES:
• Organise cost-effective means for Members to engage in advocacy and dialogue – e.g. business forums, public-private sector dialogues and conferences etc
• Provide business to business linkages locally and internationally, through various fora like trade missions, study tours, investment promotion etc
• Market East African businesses through a single tool-the annual East African Business Directory, published both on CD and hardcopy, as well as on the EABC website (www.eabc.info ).
• Train and advise members on legislative and regulatory developments in East African Community.
EABC is keen to partner with stakeholders whose objectives are geared towards private sector growth and development. Within the EAC region, we have specifically developed partnerships with our members, Business Management Organizations, the EAC Secretariat , national governments, research institutions, civil society organizations and development partners engaged in promoting EAC integration. Outside the EAC we have also developed partnerships with other business councils, regional Economic Communities, the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce among others.