The Hub's trade policy team has embarked on a series of meetings designed to bring the public and private sectors in each of the East Africa Community (EAC) Partner States together to discuss the implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol. The policy team, in partnership with the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda, held its first public private sector dialog (PPD) event in Kampala, Uganda on September 18 and the second, in partnership with KEPSA (the Kenya Private Sector Alliance) on September 22 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Both meetings were well attended by both public and private sector players in the respective countries. The meetings served as a platform to reflect on the progress made so far in the implementation of the Protocol and as a means to maintain momentum for continued implementation. Some of the key outcomes from the meetings were:
- Reforms are evident in several sectors, although the pace is slow and in many cases some critical reforms remain outstanding.
- EAC ministries have made the Protocol an implementation agenda in other line ministries, but require significant capacity support to undertake this enormous task.
- Private sector associations, through their strong linkages to businesses across different sectors, are an important partner for implementation.
- Both public and private sector agree on the need for effective implementation, and welcome a stronger partnership for accelerated results.
The policy team's next PPD is slated for October 8 in Kigali, Rwanda.