BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
African participants from the 2013 African Chambers of Commerce and Industry conference in Addis Ababa have stated that the private sector in Africa will need to lead the way on business integration and development. And, while some advances have taken place, the time has come to bring together scattered initiatives and create a more authentic Pan-African movement to lead economic growth.
The East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, along with the efforts of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry has driven this regional and continental focus, asking specifically for:
- New strategies on how government departments and agencies do business with, and help position the private sector to lead economic growth
- Side events and follow up activities that engage strategic African countries and scenarios
- The bringing together of key regional and sub-regional African actors. These activities will also seek to act as a bridge between the harder dimension of technical interventions and the softer dimension of leadership with integrity, and
- Continent-wide dissemination of successful practices and the facilitation of critical relationships, from corporations and leading accounting firms to others, to support ethical, business-driven development impact.
The East Africa Trade & Industrialization Week Business Conference and Exhibition will deliver a program to address the current business, political, and leadership needs of Africa, and the region, as they relate to continental trade, investment, governance, responsible business, and job creation. The EATIW will help achieve this by bringing together private and public leaders from the EAC member states and the African and Asian continent specifically the middle that houses the Union of Arab Chambers to dialogue on new approaches to address trade and investment issues, including leadership styles that are desirable, ensuring profitability for businesses, and value-added trade with positive integration impact.
The EATIW will provide a platform for leading practitioners to share their experiences and expertise on the value of a responsible business -based approach to deal with today’s challenges in the global markets. The Conference will also examine how the Union of Arab Chambers has become an international business hub and share experiences on best practices that will build intra-African trade and continental integration initiatives, while also focusing on a specific demand for more EAC regional-centric activities.