25th August 2023, Mr. Kalisa conducted a partnership meeting with Equity Group Holdings Ltd in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on the Africa Recovery and Resilience Plan. The goal of this partnership is to enhance trade and investment in Africa in the wake of various global challenges, including climate change, COVID-19, and the Russia-Ukraine war.
This collaboration aims to strengthen the regional value chain within the East African Community (EAC) and across the African continent, in line with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which represents the world’s largest free trade area, encompassing approximately 1.3 billion people.
The priority sectors for this initiative include agriculture, manufacturing, micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), as well as technology-enabled ecosystems. MSMEs play a crucial role in job creation and economic development in Africa, constituting more than 90% of all businesses. The initiative will focus on capacity building for SMEs and facilitating capital investments to enhance the value addition of exported products.
In anticipation of the upcoming Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, Equity Bank, in collaboration with EABC (East African Business Council), is organizing a high-level breakfast meeting. This meeting aims to contribute to the formulation of signatories to the African Private Sector Declaration, which will represent the private sector’s stance on the climate change agenda.
The high-level breakfast meeting, attended by CEOs of private sector entities from across Africa, is scheduled for September 5th at the Norfolk Hotel. Its objective is to advocate for the interests of the private sector throughout the continent.