The new East African Business Council Chairman Mr Nicholas Nesbitt is focused on the prize of full East African Community integration.
Speaking at the Speaker’s Chamber in Arusha, where he had paid a courtesy visit, the EABC Chair noted that the regional business lobby group, as part of its strategy would be aligning itself with key institutions to realise mutual beneficially relationships.
“EABC would be holding a full Board meeting in Arusha in September 2018 and that a second meeting between both institutions (EABC and EALA) was necessary to discuss the “nuts and bolts” of co-operation.” He said.
The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the East African Business Council (EABC) have agreed to deepen co-operation in a bid to strengthen the integration process.
During the meeting, both institutions agreed to set to deepen areas of co-operation, the specifics of which shall be worked out later in September 2018, under an engagement framework.
EALA speaker,Martin Ngoga rallied for a clear avenue of engagement that institutionalizes the efforts of the regional legislators and the private sector. “This is something we need to bring to fruition so that we strategize together and regularly consult over key matters of integration”, he added.
“ EALA remained keen to enhance its legislative, representative and oversight role for the benefit of all stakeholders including the Business Community. He further lauded the regional private sector body for the tremendous work it continued to undertake in the region noting that it was a major driving force and engine for integration.” Said Mr Ngoga.
According to the EABC Vice Chairman, Mwine Jim Kabeho, the Private Sector has continued to face a number of challenges which the Assembly is best placed to address while EABC’s Ambassador (and former EALA Chair of the Legal Rules and Privileges Committee).
EALA member Hon Peter Mathuki said it was necessary for both institutions to interface and resolve many issues for a stronger integration and for posterity’s sake.