Employers Organisation

EAST AFRICAN EMPLOYERS ORGANIZATION:

The East African Business Council (EABC) in 2011 secured seed funding from Trademark East Africa and established a regional employers organization platform that would serve as a forum that will adequately articulate specific policy issues for employer’s issues in the EAC Integration process.

It was formally registered on 12th September 2011 in Tanzania as a regional employers organization and launched on 26th April 2012 at Kibo Palace Hotel Arusha. It’s a regional platform for advocacy on matters relating to implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol (CMP) on free movement of labour, labour standards and the regulatory environment, skills development and mutual recognition of academic qualifications.

Under the leadership of EABC, the platform was formed by the following employer organizations: Federation of Kenya Employers, Association of Tanzania Employers, Federation of Uganda Employers, Burundi Association of Employers, Private Sector Federation of Rwanda and Zanzibar Employers Association.

At the time of operationalization of the EAC CMP, several labour and employment issues were still under discussion notably: Harmonization of labour policies and National laws, Harmonization of social security policies, laws and systems, undertaking of country manpower surveys, Harmonization of work permits (classification, fees and procedures), introduction of common standard travel documents. Thus, EABC saw this need by establishing a regional Employers Platform that will serve the purpose of addressing these policy issues.

Currently, several specific key issues that affect movement of employers and workers still exist in their effort to utilize the freedom as enshrined in the EAC CMP. For example Tanzania demands work permit fees in excess of USD 500, Kenya has put restrictions on the age to a minimum of 35 years and a monthly salary in excess of USD 2000 making it almost impossible for the youth to be beneficiaries of the freedom of movement of workers in Kenya.

The Platform has for the past few years moved away from EABC and now it’s a fully fledged East African Employers Organization with the mandate of promoting the interests of employers at the regional level.

 The EAEO has been able to register the following achievements:

  • Introduction of an East African Passport as a common standard travel document within East Africa
  • Launch of the International East African Passport E-Passport by some EAC Partner States
  • Waiver of work permit fees for East Africans in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya

For More Information visit: http://www.eaeo.or.tz/