Objectives and Strategy
EABC works towards providing 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. We also work to promote private sector’s regional & global competitiveness in trade and Investment.
More specifically EABC is committed to :-
1. Facilitate and promote all aspects of private sector development in East Africa.
2. Promote an enabling environment for business in East Africa.
3. Coordinate the efforts of the private sector for the promotion of trade and investment in the EAC.
4. Provide a joint forum which enables the private sector to speak with a single voice and in the process maintain a routine and institutionalized interaction with EAC Secretariat and dialogue with governments of EAC partner-states.
Our Strategy & Achievements
EABC engages members in aggregating policy positions and lobbies for policy change through a structured dialogue with EAC organs. This strategy is accompanied by information dissemination to various stakeholders and the media.
During the years 2003-2005 EABC was challenged to develop and to deepen its positioning on the newly created Customs Union. The issue of the Common External Tariff emerged as an acid test for overcoming divergent nationalistic interests among the business community. EABC succeeded to unify interests and to offer to EAC a consolidated private sector view.
Under its 2nd Strategic Plan 2006-2010, EABC enjoyed some key achievements that enhanced its position as the regional private sector platform and voice. These include but are not limited to:
• Increase in Membership from 54 in 2005 to 141 in 2010; making EABC more representative of the EAC business community. This has also resulted in more financial resources to cover EABC’s core activities.
• Development of at least 10 harmonised private sector positions /proposals that were submitted to the EAC Secretariat and to national governments.
• Increased knowledge of EAC integration issues amongst business; through carrying out of 7 sensitisation Workshops on the Customs Union, the Common Market and EPA provisions
• Enhancement of a constructive relationship between the private sector and the EAC Leadership regionally; which has aided lobbying, even at the Summit level. Several private public dialogues have been held for several issues.
• Creation of the EAC Non Tariff Barriers Monitoring Mechanism that resulted in the establishment of the National Monitoring Committees.
• Introduction of the Business Climate Index and Business Leaders Perception study, which have been useful tools in highlighting the problem of NTBs and other business climate factors that continue to impede trade.
• Increased Media coverage of private sector issues; complemented by Annual Media Summits; press statements and releases and guided Q & A.
• Timely and business friendly dissemination of information on regional integration issues, through our website, newsletters, workshops, among others. We reach over 3000 private sector stakeholders in the region.
The above and many others have led to recognition of EABC by the business community and the EAC leadership as the main representative of the private sector in the region and the owing to both our broad membership, our observer status in the EAC matters, and our experience in supporting the private sector in voicing private sector interests to public sector policy making institutions.
The above and many others have led to recognition of EABC by the business community and the EAC leadership as the main representative of the private sector in the region and owing to our broad membership, our observer status in the EAC matters, and our experience in supporting the private sector in voicing the interests of the business community to public sector policy making institutions. EABC has therefore succeeded to position itself as privileged policy dialogue partner in the EAC.