EABC Management Structure


As a membership organization, the AGM is the supreme policy making organ of East African Business Council. The AGM meets once a year to elect the Executive Committee and to give overall direction to the Secretariat in line with the Strategic Plan and interests of the business community.

EABC is managed by a 22 member Executive Committee (EC), headed by a Chairperson, elected from the 5 Partner States on annual rotational basis and 4 Vice Chairs from each of the States not holding the Chair. Each country nominates 4 Members to the Executive Committee. The Past Chair and the Executive Director (who is also the Secretary to the Board) are the other 2 members. The EC meets every quarter.

EABC has 2 Board Sub-committees, the internal facing Finance & Administration Committee and member facing Policy & Advocacy Committee. Each Committee has members drawn from each of the 5 Partner States and meets quarterly, before the EC; and then presents its Report to the Executive Committee.

Based in Arusha, Tanzania to ensure close proximity to the EAC Secretariat, the EABC Secretariat manages the day to day activities of the organisation. The Secretariat is headed by an Executive Director, supported by technical and administrative support.

At national level, EABC activities are coordinated through the EABC National Focal Points / Chapters, who are also the national private sector umbrella bodies. These are:





Federal Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Burundi (FCCIB)




Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)




Private Sector Federation (PSFR)




Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF)




Private Sector Foundation, Uganda, (PSFU)


In a bid to enhance  our advocacy through addressing sectorial issues, the East African Business Council with the support of Trademark East Africa (TMEA), has established the following four platforms;

East African Professional Services Platform:
The Platform therefore aims to bring professional services issues to the forefront of policy agenda of the East African community.  The mission of the platform is to foster a single integrated and vibrant market for professional services in East Africa.

East African Women in Business Platform:
The platform aims at putting in place mechanisms to address challenges faced by women-owned businesses within the region. The mission of the platform is to Position and Catalyse the Participation of Women-Owned Businesses in EAC’s Integration Process.

East African Private Sector Standards Platform:  
The platform addresses  challenges and unnecessary trade barriers faced by suppliers in intra-regional trade due to differences in technical regulation and standards amongst EAC Partner States. The prime goal of the Standards Platform is the harmonization of standards and the establishment of a common technical regulation regime in the EAC with the view to remove unnecessary trade barriers and so widen the EAC market

East African Employers Organisation:
The platform engages both National employer’s organizations and other players in the sector with each others on issues that relate to regional integration especially on the implementation aspect of EAC Common Market Protocol concerning the clauses on free movement of Labor; labor standards and regulatory environments; skills development and mutual recognition.

Under 2011-15 Strategic Plan, EABC seeks to be more results driven to ensure that it is delivering value to our Members and stakeholders. The Expected Outcomes under the 2011-15 Strategic Plan include, but are not limited to the following:
An improved business environment, driven by evidence based policy advocacy
Enhanced capacity and operational efficiency of the EABC secretariat
Increased EABC visibility and communication with all our stakeholders
Improved compliance to corporate governance principles
Increased awareness of regional integration issues by the private sector
Increased EABC ownership by the stakeholder that is by 100%
Overall, increased intra EAC trade and investment

Membership is drawn from the 5 East African Partner States and cuts across all sectors and all business sizes. Membership is open to all national and regional associations and corporate with interest and operations in the region. Membership is multi-sectoral
EABC has 3 Membership Categories:  

ORDINARY MEMBERS: who include the five national Private Sector Apex Bodies (who are also the National Focal Points; manufacturers’ associations; Chambers of Commerce, Employer Associations; Women entrepreneur Associations, Transporters Associations, Bankers Associations and various regional organisations including the Confederation of Informal Sector Associations of East Africa; Eastern African Grain Council, among others.  EABC also has a Memorandum of Understanding with Eastern African Farmers Federation, aimed at among others, improving aagriculture trade through building capacities and harmonization of all policies affecting agriculture.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: include government agencies that facilitate trade and investment such as Port Authorities, bureaux of standards, Investment Promotion Agencies and Export Promotion Agencies, among others.

CORPORATE MEMBERS: who include multinationals, medium and small enterprises and the informal sector.

EABC has a range of Membership Services and benefits that deliver value to our members. These include:
Policy Advocacy: Opportunity to contribute to formulation of policies at a regional level on issues affecting your sector. Our ‘Observer Status’ at the EAC that enables us to participate in all EAC policy meetings and input into the negotiations. We hold regular and interactive dialogue with the EAC Secretariat; EAC Policy makers; Ministers and the Summit. We have over 15 years experience in policy advocacy on behalf of the Members and the larger EAC private sector.

Access to information on regional integration – through EABC, you access to the latest news and regular information on legislative and regulatory developments in the East African Community, which is vital for business decisions. We have a monthly e-newsletter contains, an informative website (eabc.info) and regular policy brief to members. We also have a quarterly Magazine – The East African Business Agenda that provides useful insight on various regional issues.

Dialogue Platforms: - EABC host several multi-sectoral and issue based Public-Private Dialogues and Private to Private Sector Dialogues (PPDs) on areas ranging from tax harmonization, counterfeits, energy, transit issues, common market, to name but a few. These platforms provide EABC members an opportunity to harmonise positions on key issues and thereafter engage policy makers relevant to the specific issues.
One of the key PPD is the Secretary General CEO forum, that comprises 5 national meeting and 1 regional meeting every year; and which enables the private sector to engage with the EAC Secretary general on key issues of concern.

Business to Business Linkages & Networking meetings: Being a member of EABC gives you exposure to local, regional, and international business, potential investors seeking partnerships and collaborations; and potential buyers and sellers. We hold thematic conferences; business forums; buyer-seller meetings, trade missions and study tours.
The annual East African Business Directory, which is the most authoritative listing of EAC businesses across sectors in the 5 EAC Partner States, complements the business linkages;

EABC Member Training: EABC carries out various trainings targeting the various Membership Categories. Amongst others, Ordinary Member (who are Associations) are trained on areas such as ‘how to advocate effectively’; ‘membership retention and recruitment’; policy analysis and negotiation skills, among others. At form level, we carry out trainings on relevant EAC integration issues such as Rules of Origin; Customs procedures and ISO standards amongst others. We also host sensitisation workshops on various issues of concern to the EAC business community.  

- Opportunity to belong to a well established and respected regional apex body for the private sector. EABC is today acknowledged as the key regional facilitator that brings together all EA private sector stakeholders and has partnered with most key organizations that share the goal of pursuing a better climate for doing business to ensure the private sector is the engine of EAC integration.

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P. O. Box 2617 Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 (27) 2543047 Fax: +255 272543047
Email:   info@eabc-online.com
Website: eabc.info


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