A ‘made in East Africa Products and Services Exhibition’ is in the offing.
The exhibition, expecting to attract more than 32 companies from the EAC region will showcase variious products and services from the bloc.
According to the East Africa Business Council’s Chief Executive Officer Ms Lilian Awinja, ‘Made in East Africa Products and Services Exhibition’ will run from 22nd – 23 March 2018 as the EABC celebrates the 20th Anniversary at the Kenyatta International Convention Center in Nairobi Kenya.
“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. We need to inspire an East African economy that consumes what we produce and produces what we consume.” said Ms. Lilian Awinja
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% to a GDP of US$155.2 Billion in 2016. (EAC Trade and Investment Report, 2016).
In addition, to catalyze 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 on the 23rd March 2018.
“The Made in East Africa Products and Services Exhibition is expected to be officially opened by H.E 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 Ms Awinja.
The exhibition among series of events organized to celebrate EABC’s 20th Anniversary since 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 honored 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.
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 industry heavy weights and International thought leaders from the region and beyond are also expected to attend the EABC 20th Anniversary celebrations.
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 Private Sector from Burundi, and Rwanda in 2007 as well as and South Sudan in 2017.
EABC Membership is drawn from the six East African Partner States and is open to all national and regional associations as well as Corporates with interest in the EAC integration process or/and operations in the region. EABC Membership cuts across all business sectors and includes Corporates, the National Private Sector Apex Bodies; National Manufacturers’ Associations; National Chambers of Commerce, Employer’s Associations; National Women Associations, Transporters Associations, National Bankers Associations, Employers Associations and various Regional Associations among others.