The third East African Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition is in the offing.
The Annual exhibition, which rotates in all East African Community member states will be hosted by Uganda on the 30th and 31st of October this year.
Among the key issues to be discussed include enhancing policy predictability, increase business confidence, nature entrepreneurship, innovation and attract more cross border and foreign direct investments into the EAC region.
The conference convenes together high-level government and private sector decision makers from the EAC Partner States, entrepreneurs and investors from the region and abroad to discuss policies and legislations as well as chart out appropriate recommendations in a bid to improve the EAC business environment.
The first East African Business & Entrepreneurship Conference & Exhibition was successfully held in October 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya while the second took place in November 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
This year, the forum will be themed “Towards a Digital Economy in East Africa – Getting ready for Industrialization 4.0” and will be co-organized by East African Business Council (EABC), East African Community (EAC) and co-hosted by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) and Uganda Ministry of East African Community Affairs.
By convening a unique mix of innovative people from diverse entrepreneurial sectors in the region, the East African Business and Entrepreneurship Conference & Exhibition provides a platform for creative thinking “out of the box” on innovative strategies to attract investment in the EAC.
EABC is promoting the use and trade of locally sourced and manufactured products and services.
“Part of this “local content” policy is the promotion of African textiles. We strongly encourage the
participants of our conferences to proudly wear East African attire.” EABC urged.
With a massive trend towards digitalization and online services, physical geographical borders become increasingly irrelevant. This is a chance for the EAC to ease and increase trade and investments. This year’s conference will discuss the potential impact of Digital Economy and evaluate how the EAC vision, policies, strategies and regulatory frameworks are currently set to spur growth, industrialization as well as enhance the regional Integration process.
It will offer the opportunity to discuss, identify missing links and chart out appropriate recommendations to promote a conducive business environment for true innovation, economies of scale and leap to the full actualization the EAC Industrialization strategy 2012-2032.
Other organisers include the Burundi Investment Agency (API), Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), Burundi Federal Chamber of Commerce Industries, Agriculture (CFCIB), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Private Sector Federation Rwanda (PSF) and Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF).