East African Women in Business Platform

East African Women in Business Platform

The East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP) is forum that brings together business- women from across the East African Community (EAC). Its membership and Steering Committee comprises of; national apex bodies/ associations/ networks of business-women (including associations of women formal and informal cross-border traders); professional women associations; and civil society organisations working to promote business-women and women’s socio-economic advancement.

The East African Business Council (EABC), with the support of Trademark East African (TMEA), established EAWiBP in 2011. The Secretary General of the EAC, Ambassador, Dr. Richard Sezibera, officially launched it May 2012. The Platform is hosted by EABC, a regional apex body for the private sector established in 1997 with the aim of ensuring private sector participation in EAC’s integration process.

EAWiBP’s Strategic Interventions
Drawing its mandate from the Treaty for the Establishment of East African Community, particularly under Article 121 and 122, the EAWiBP inspired by its vision of becoming “A Women’s Centre of Excellence for Intra and Extra-EAC Trade”. Its mission is; “Position and Catalyse the Participation of Women in EAC’s Integration Process”As outlined in its Strategic Plan (2012-2015), the Platform pursues the following strategic objectives and results;

1. Increased effective participation of women in business in the EAC integration processes

2. Improved economic contribution of women in business in the EAC Partner States

3. Increased progression of women-owned enterprises in the EAC from informal to formal status

The Platform’s broad intervention areas include:
• Trade related knowledge strengthening of its membership
• Policy research and advocacy on issues related to trade participation and women’s economic empowerment
• Business to Business (B2B) linkages and networking
• Business Development Skills including use for ICT to grow business
• Business advisory and dissemination of information and business intelligence

 

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