“The exhibition will feature products and services made, developed or manufactured in East Africa,” said Lilian Awinja, executive secretary of EABC.
More than 32 companies will display different unique products and services. In addition, to catalyse the participation of women intra-EAC trade over 200 women entrepreneurs from the East Africa region are also expected to showcase their products and services. The exhibition will run alongside the high level conference on “Improving the participation of women in business in the EAC integration process” on the first day and ‘Beyond East Africa – Moving from Aspiration to Action’ the following day.
“The Made in East Africa Products and Services Exhibition is expected to be officially opened by Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and member of the summit of the EAC heads of state on the 23rd March 2018,” said Lilian Awinja.
High-level policy decision makers such as Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali M. Kirunda Kivejinja, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for EAC Affairs, Republic of Uganda; Amb Liberat Mfumukeko, Secretary General of the EAC as well as industrial heavy weights and international leaders from the region and beyond are also expected to attend the EABC 20th anniversary celebrations.
The exhibition aims to inspire the region’s industrialization efforts by showcasing domestic
value-added products in bid to transform the bloc into an upper-middle income economy by 2050.
The EAC economy grew at approximately 5.3 per cent to a GDP of US$155.2 Billion in 2016.
(EAC trade and investment report, 2016).
“Promotion of local industries to manufacture and offer more products and services is critical for
the realisation of the ‘Buy and Build East Africa’ campaign,” said Lilian Awinja.
“We need to inspire an East African economy that consumes what we produce and produces
what we consume,” added Awinja.
The exhibition among series of events organised to celebrate EABC’s 20th anniversary since its
formation in 1997. The 20th anniversary aims to commemorate EABC’s 20 years of dedicated
advocacy for the private sector in East Africa and to showcase companies that have taken
advantage of the EAC regional integration process doing business across the EAC region. The EABC 20th anniversary celebrations is honoured to have a great list of supporters: East African Community, TradeMark East Africa, German Development Agency (GiZ), Federation of German Industries (BDI), East African Women in Business Platform, Coca cola Kwanza, B. Braun Medical Inc, Kenya Commercial Bank, General Petroleum, TPC Ltd Mabati Rolling Mills, Kenya Airways, Nation Media Group, Standard Media Group and the Exchange Magazine.
The East African Business Council (EABC) is the apex advocacy body of the private sector and corporates from the 6 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 to include the private sector from Burundi, and Rwanda in 2007 as well as and South Sudan in 2017.