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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

EAC officials, regional business CEOs discuss partnership

13th February 2013
The East African Community Secretary General Ambassador Dr Richard Sezibera in one of regional chief executive officer’s fora in Bujumbura, Burundi. (File photo)

The East African Community (EAC) in partnership with other organisations have organised a one day meeting for secretary general and regional private sector Chief Executive Officers forum (SG CEO) to be held in Kampala Uganda later on this month.

A statement issued by the EAC said the meeting to be held on 27th this month will involve business CEOs from the five partners states in the regional.
The Regional SG CEO Forum will bring together the EAC secretary general, officials from the ministries of EAC governments and CEOs of regional businesses from the five partner states to concretise the issues raised during the national SG CEO forums and the way forward.
The statement said specific objectives of the meeting will be to identify priority issues to be taken forward out of all the major issues presented by CEOs from across the five partner states.
Another objective is to receive recommendations from discussions of the key issues and develop a report of the same for further action.
Besides, the forum will agree with the secretary general on how the private sector can participate in finding solutions to the issues raised at national SG CEO fora.
The last issue, is to enhance partnership between the EAC policy makers and the business community with a view to increase private sector involvement in the EAC integration process.
Members of the private sector will input and identify key issues to take forward including implementation of the EAC Customs Union, focusing on single customs territory, harmonisation of domestic taxes and double taxation, the statement said.
Others are harmonisation of procedures and fees on free movement of workers in the region.
Unlocking the deadlock in negotiations on liberalisation of services and improvement of infrastructure in EAC to lower the cost of doing business in energy, railways, air transport and ports.
The SG CEO Forum which comprises five national fora and one regional forum held annually, is hosted by East African Business Council (EABC) in partnership Trademark East Africa (TMEA) and EAC secretariat since they share one objective of fostering interests of the business community in the integration process.
EABC brings together, at the EAC regional level, the broadest membership of businesses from various sectors, drawn from the five EAC partner states. EABC members comprise 52 associations which include the five national private sector umbrella bodies, manufacturers, employers, bankers, transporter and women associations, chambers of commerce, SME associations and the Confederation of Informal Sectors in the EAC, among others.
EABC also has 120 individual corporate companies, also drawn from the five partner states.
EABC’s mission is to represent and promote the interests of the EAC business community, provide value added services that create new business opportunities and to influence public policies with a view to improving the business environment.


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