Who We Are

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the regional apex body of Private Sector associations and corporates in the East Africa with a single purpose of driving the East African Community integration process through trade and investment. To achieve this EABC works with the public sector, East African Community (EAC) institutions, the academia, and the business community to unlock economic potential through increased physical access to markets, enhanced trade environment and improved business competitiveness.

EABC aims to articulate its leadership role in building a vibrant Private Sector ecosystem by fostering excellence and increasing national, regional and global engagement with East African governments, people and business.

Our Journey

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the apex body of Private Sector associations and Corporates from the six East African Countries. It was established in 1997 to foster the interests of the Private Sector in the integration process of the East African Community. Originally comprising members from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, its membership was expanded after 2007 to include Private Sector from Burundi, Rwanda as  well as South Sudan in 2016.

EABC Strength is from its broad membership network, over the 20 years EABC has strived to deliver relevant and value adding services to members and contribute to business growth and expansion in the region. Our endeavor is to provide a platform for business to business engagement, information on available opportunities across the region and beyond, training, capacity building and opportunities to influence policy reforms among other services.


In the year 2004, our membership expanded to include corporate members with operations in the East Africa region, this played a significant role as it increased our membership coverage.


The East African Business Council strength lies in its broad Membership network which is strong, diversified in different business sectors in the region. EABC has very close ties, robust relationships with regional, national, and sectoral Private Sector associations as well as Corporates with interest in the EAC integration process or / and operations in the region.


EABC’s overarching objective is to be an effective change agent for fostering an enabling business environment and to promote private sector’s regional and global competitiveness in trade and investment. EABC therefore provides a regional platform through which the business community can present their concerns at the EAC policy level, with the overall aim of creating a more conducive business environment through targeted policy reforms. Additionally, EABC also work towards promoting private sector’s regional & global competitiveness in trade and Investment through addressing challenges experienced by Members at organizational and firm level; and through provision of tailored market intelligence.

EABC’s key stakeholders are primarily the EAC Secretariat, the Business Community as represented through Members and their affiliates, National Policy Makers, EAC organs and institutions and other key national and regional organizations working towards enhancing private sector participation in the EAC and global integration.
EABC has an “Observer Status” at the EAC, which enables us to attend and participate in all relevant EAC activities and deliberations, not only at the Secretariat but also in other organs and institutions.