- Our task as EABC is to ensure the EAC puts BUSINESS at the top of their agenda
EABC in collaboration with Private Sector Foundation Uganda successfully organized the EABC -PSFU CEO Round Table Breakfast Meeting on 26th February 2019 at Serena Hotel in Kampala.
In his remarks, Mr. Jim Kabeho, EABC Vice Chairman reiterated the importance of the private sector to speak in one voice to improve advocacy at the regional level, citing that “politicians work in numbers.” He emphasized on the importance of the involvement of the private sector in the formulation of policies and laws at the EAC level in accordance with the EAC Treaty that is people-centered and private sector driven.
Mr. Samuel Kaheru, EABC Board Director highlighted the mandate of the East African Business Council and urged the business community in Uganda to join EABC membership “Our task as EABC is to ensure the EAC puts BUSINESS at the top of their agenda,” said Mr. Kaheru, EABC Board Director
The round table offered the opportunity for CEOs to get updated on EABC outlook and plans for 2019 and receive feedback on issues hindering the export of products and services in the region. Mr. Gideon Badagawa, CEO PSFU urged companies in Uganda to improve local production capacity by seizing the larger East African Market and called for harmonized East African Standards.
Among matters discussed, include:
- Transport and Railway
- Elimination of NTBs
- Forest value chain
- Private Sector Charter
- New member-centric products and services
In his remarks, Hon Peter Mathuki, EABC CEO noted that EABC is no longer an Observer but a key partner in the EAC integration process. He urged for implementation and enforcement of laws that are business friendly and urged for political goodwill to eliminate recurring NTBs in the region. He informed the delegation of CEOs in Uganda that EABC Secretariat is in the process of organizing high-level meetings with the Summit of EAC Heads of State to engage them on critical NTBs in the region.
EABC appreciates Mr. Jim Kabeho, EABC Vice Chairman and Board Directors from Uganda Mr. Stuart J. Mwesigwa, Ms. Barbra Mulwana and Mr. Simon Kaheru and CEOs for making the event a great success.