This week the Hub is participating in the EAC-themed 22nd East African Law Society (EALS) Annual Conference in Entebbe, Uganda. This annual event brings together lawyers, judges, magistrates, and selected Members of Parliament to advance issues of interest to the legal profession and regionalism. The conference presents the opportunity for the Hub to build capacity of EALS's members on regional integration matters and support implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol.
During the Leading Law Firms’ Forum, one of the side events at the conference, at least 100 leading private practitioners met to discuss potential reforms for the region’s investment policy stance, with a view to improving the laws and regulations that influence the investment environment. The conference will wind up with a panel on the EAC Common Market Protocol. This will provide an opportunity for sensitization on matters regarding the EAC Common Market; increase awareness on the Hub’s efforts towards its implementation within the region; capacity building of members of the EALS in regional integration matters and an opportunity to create partnerships for advocacy on EAC integration matters.
One of the key focus areas of the Hub's policy work is supporting the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol. Through the protocol, EAC Partner States have committed to liberalize the movement of goods, services and capital, in addition to other factors of production, thus enhancing trade and investment in an increasingly competitive region. Over the last two years, the Hub’s trade policy and regulatory reform activities helped achieve a 39% increase in intra-regional trade within the EAC. Watch the video below to find out more about the EAC Common Market Protocol: