Call for Proposals to Undertake Private Sector Needs Assessment in regards to services to be provided by EABC


The East African Business Council is the apex body of business associations of the Private Sector associations and Corporates from the six East African Countries. It was established to foster the interests of the Private Sector in the integration process of the East African Community.

The EABC has set up a Business Development Unit whose objective is to complement the policy advocacy work with value adding products and services that meet the demand of its customers. The EABC aims at enhancing its’ financial sustainability by charging fees and establishing a regular and constantly growing products and service portfolio.

The aim of the needs assessment is an overall assessment of the current service needs, trends and interests of the private sector (in- and outside the EAC) in order to develop a portfolio of fee based products and services from EABC, that reflect on those needs and add value to it’s members and stakeholders.

For More Information on How to Apply Read Attached: Terms of Reference Private Sector Needs Assessment in regards to Services to be provided by EABC.

Interested Consultants or consultancy firms should confirm immediate availability to undertake the assignment and email their bid(s) clearly marked “PRIVATES SECTOR NEEDS ASSESSMNET” in separate files namely technical proposals and financial proposals, to email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In case of submission of hard copies of documents for the bids, the documents should be in one sealed main envelope titled “PRIVATES SECTOR NEEDS ASSESSMENT” but in separate envelopes comprising of technical and financial proposals, to be sent to the address below;

The Executive Director, East African Business Council, Oloirien House, Perfect Printer Street, Off Njiro Road, Kijenge P.O. Box 2617, Arusha, Tanzania. 
The sealed envelope or proposal should be submitted or emailed to EABC by 25th May 2018, 5:00 Pm. Late submissions will not be opened or accepted.

The EABC reserves the right to accept or reject any application and is not bound to give reasons for its decision. Further information call tel. no. +255 27 2543047/2543313 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

East African Business Council Terms of reference for Program Officer Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME).


The East African Business Council (EABC) is the umbrella organization of the private sector in East Africa. Established in 1997, to foster the interests of the Private Sector in the integration process of the East African Community. EABC works closely with the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, East African Legislative Assembly, governments, regional economic communities, multilateral groups and the business community to facilitate private sector participation in the EAC integration process.

EABC Membership is drawn from the six East African Partner States and is open to all national and regional associations as well as Corporates with interest in the EAC integration process or/and operations in the region. The Membership cuts across all business sectors and includes Corporates, the National Private Sector Apex Bodies; National Manufacturers’ Associations; National Chambers of Commerce, Employer’s Associations; National Women Associations, Transporters Associations, National Bankers Associations, Employers’ Associations and various Regional Associations among others.

The Program officer will be in charge of the project called “Creating Perspective: Business for Development, East Africa”. This project is a joint Initiative by German Industry and the Federal German Ministry for Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The program pursues to increase productivity, competitiveness, and innovation in primarily small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in countries of the East African Community (EAC) through private sector develop-ment. This program is funded by GIZ and implemented in collaboration with the Federation of German Industries (BDI), EAC Secretariat, EABC and its Nation focal points. Main implementing countries of the program will be Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda with some activities in Rwanda.

To be located at EABC Headquarter in Arusha, Tanzania, EABC would like to recruit a Program officer who will be crucial in ensuring successful implementation of the Project. The position is fully funded by GIZ. 

Job Description


- Building up a knowledge and contact platform/database for SMEs at EABC 
- Steering of SME activities of EABC such as meetings, workshops, conferences, publications, 
- Identification of key bottlenecks affecting SME development and channeling to EABC for incorporation into policy agenda. 
- Liaison to the GIZ-BDI project „Creating Perspectives“ aiming at scaling up SMEs from the EAC and bringing them in contact with German companies 
- Accompanying and attendance of trainings and workshops organized by the project 
- Assuring that content of trainings and learnings from the project are fed into EABC knowledge platform for SMEs and made available for all members. 
- Identification of priority policy concerns or bottlenecks for channeling through the policy making processes at the EAC level. 
- Linking the EABC SME program to other beneficial programs for SMEs in the regional and beyond and maintaining close partnerships with key stakeholders eg the EAC Secretariat. 


- At least three years of working experience with some exposure to the EAC region 
- Academic background in economics, business, political science any other relevant field is required 
- Working experience in the private sector f.i. SMEs and/or consulting 
- Communication and Networking: Ability to speaks and write clearly and in a persuasive and compelling manner. 
- Planning and Organization: Developing clear goals that are consistent with agreed organizational objectives; identifying priority activities and assignments; and is conscientious and efficient in meetings,  
      observing deadlines and achieving results 
- Teamwork: Working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve project and organizational goals 
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment with diverse groups of stakeholders 
- Sound knowledge of the EAC region 
- Interest in SME topics and regional EAC policies 
- Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) are required 
- Fluent in English, knowledge of Swahili or German are an advantage


Applicants should submit their application, clearly indicating how they meet the requirements of the position, plus a detailed CV, stating their current position, remuneration, email and telephone contacts and 3 references.

Your application should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reach EABC by 25th May 2018. Only applicants who fully meet the selection criteria and are being considered for interview will be contacted.

EABC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is done on merit and with no regard to one’s, age, colour, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or impairment, race or creed.


UNCTAD World Investment Report 2018: East Africa, the fastest-growing region in Africa, received $7.6 billion in FDI in 2017, a 3 per cent decline from 2016. Ethiopia absorbed nearly half of this amount, with $3.6 billion (down 10 per cent), and is now the second largest recipient of FDI in Africa after Egypt, despite its smaller economy (the eighth largest in Africa). Chinese and Turkish firms announced investments in light manufacturing and automotive after Ethiopia lifted the state of emergency in the second half of 2017. United States fashion supplier PVH (Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger); Dubai-based Velocity Apparelz Companies (Levi’s, Zara and Under Armour); and China’s Jiangsu Sunshine Group (Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss) all set up their own factories in Ethiopia in 2017. Several of these firms are located in Ethiopia’s flagship, Chinese-built, Hawassa Industrial Park.

Kenya saw FDI increase to $672 million, up 71 per cent, due to buoyant domestic demand and inflows into ICT industries. The Kenyan Government provided additional tax incentives to foreign investors. South African ICT investors Naspers, MTN and Intact Software continued to expand into Kenya. United States companies were also prominent tech-oriented investors, with Boeing, Microsoft and Oracle all investing in the country. Significant consumer-facing investments by Diageo (United Kingdom) in beer and Johnson and Johnson (United States) in pharmaceuticals also bolstered FDI into the country. The
strong gold price and a diversified productive structure contributed to FDI inflows worth $1.2 billion into the United Republic of Tanzania. Facebook and Uber (both United States)  expanded into that country while India’s Bharti Airtel continued to invest. The country’s inflows nonetheless recorded a 14 per cent decline compared with 2016. Foreign telecommunication companies now must list at least a quarter of their equity on the local stock exchange, an effort by the Tanzanian Government to increase domestic ownership. In addition, a ban on exports of unprocessed minerals may adversely affect the country’s
foreign mining assets.


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The East African Business Council informs members that the 19th EABC Annual General Meeting will be held from 07.00hrs-10.00hrs on Friday, 29th June, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. 
The EABC Secretariat has requested EABC National Focal Points to schedule and hold the National Chapter Meetings where EABC members will participate in the nomination of their representatives to the EABC Executive Committee.


1. Eligible Delegates: Only paid up EABC Members for the year ending 31 December 2017 and new paid-up Members joining in 2018 are eligible to participate in the 19th EABC AGM. 

2. Any other Business (AoBs) during the AGM:
 Any member who wishes to bring up for discussion any matter during the AGM is required to give a written notice, sent to the Secretary to the Board, at least 7 days before the day of the AGM. Therefore all such matters must reach the Secretariat by Friday 22nd June 2018.

3. Executive Committee: Each country is required to nominate 4 (four) Members to the Executive Committee. 2 of these Members must be drawn from Ordinary Members (associations and associates) and 2 from Corporate Members. Except for the country nominating the Chairman (in this case Kenya); all the other countries should nominate, from the 2 ordinary Members, a Vice Chairperson. All National Chapters, through the National Focal Points, are encouraged to meet and decide before the AGM date their preferred representatives to the Executive Committee who will then be officially elected at the AGM.

Members are required to send their confirmation of attendance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

East African Business Council (EABC)
The Voice of the Private Sector in East Africa.
Location: Plot No. 01| Oloirien House| Perfect Printers Street| Arusha | Tanzania 
P. O. Box 2617 | Tel: +255 (27) 2543047| Fax: +255 272543047



The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) is in the process of developing an East African Community (EAC) Regional Intellectual Property (IP) Policy. 
The overall objective of the policy is to create a dynamic, vibrant, and balanced IP system in EAC Partner States. Intellectual Property systems can stimulate innovation, creativity, promote the advancement of science & technology, traditional knowledge and biological resources in the EAC.

As a key business player in East Africa, EABC welcomes you to share your valuable views and insights to inform the development of the EAC Regional Intellectual Property Policy. 
We kindly request you to:-

• Fill attached questionnaire and send back via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15th August 2018.
For further information or clarification, kindly contact Dr. Dick Kamugasha, Consultant, EAC Regional IP Policy or Mr. Patrick Joram Mugisha, Research/Data Collection Assistant of the EAC Regional IP Policy Project Tel: +250-781557709 / +256-782540893 / +255-654506635.

We look forward to your feedback.