The East African Business Council Executive Director Lilian Awinja resigned.
The Business lobby group represented by its Chairman, Mr. Nicholas Nesbitt, has announced that after internal deliberations, the Board of Directors has appointed Hon. Peter Mathuki as Ag. Executive Director of EABC Secretariat, effectively as of 1st October, 2018.
“The Board of Directors is pleased that EABC Ambassador Hon. Peter Mathuki, has agreed to step in as Ag. Executive Director and take over all duties with immediate effect.” A statement from EABC reads.
According to the EABC Director Mr Bosco Rusagara, the new ED’s appointment will be one that is expected to support the business council’s agenda.
“We are convinced that his expertise and network will play a key role in strengthening the secretariat to advocate and support our vision of a borderless East Africa for business and investment,” said Mr Rusagara.
Mr Mathuki served as a Member of the EALA from 2012 to 2017. During his tenure at EALA, he served in the committees of Trade and Investment, Accounts and Finance and Legal Affairs.
“I am looking forward to restore the energy in the regional integration process, which is supposed to be business driven and people centered, “said Hon. Mathuki.
Indeed, his strong and high-level international network will support and boost the operations and activities of EABC. He will guide and support the EABC Secretariat in strengthening the governmental, legislative and business networks as well as promote membership and resource mobilization for a whole new line of activities.
The East African Business Council (EABC) is the regional apex body of Private Sector associations 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. Being the representative of Private Sector associations in the region, EABC was granted observer status in organs and activities of the East African Community (EAC). EABC therefore participates in various sectoral meetings, meetings of the Coordination Committee, the EAC Council of Ministers, and the Summit of the EAC Heads of State; with a view to ensure that the agenda of the Private Sector is well articulated and received by the policy makers.