The Hub has brought together the public and private sector for a series of dialogues across East Africa. The goal, assessing the implementation of the East African Community Common Market Protocol and outlining steps for improvement. (Read about the Hub's Public Private Dialogue's on Implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda)
The Protocol is designed to turn the separate East African states of Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania into a single market where there is free movement of goods, services, capital and labor. The rationale for the EAC Common Market is compelling: over 150 million people and a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $146 billion. A single EAC market creates unprecedented opportunities for the private sector.
Yet the creation of this common market hasn't been easy, particularly in regards to harmonization of rules, regulations and standards. Hub-supported public private dialogues is one way to have both parties address these challenges and look for solutions.