Uganda will host the 3rd East African Community (EAC) Secretary General’s Annual Forum for Private Sector, Civil Society and other interest groups in Entebbe 12-13 September, 2014.
This was among the issues deliberated during the three-day preparatory meeting of members of the Regional Dialogue Committee drawn from the Partner States’ Ministries responsible for EAC Affairs, EAC Secretariat, Private Sector, Civil Society Organisations, and other interest groups held in Mwanza, Tanzania 3-5 March, 2014.
The Dialogue Committee adopted “EAC: My Home, My Business” as the theme of this year’s Forum. The first EAC-SG Forum was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in December 2012 and the second in Nairobi, Kenya in October, last year.
The forum aims to provide a platform for regular dialogue between the EAC Secretary General and the Private Sector, Civil Society and other interest groups on how to improve the EAC integration process.
“The objective of the Forum is to allow selected stakeholders and the EAC to consult and work towards realising the Community’s objectives,” Mary Makoffu, EAC Director for Social Sectors, told the delegates in her opening remarks.
Briefing the delegates on behalf of the EAC Deputy Secretary in charge of Productive and Social Sectors Hon Jessica Eriyo, the EAC official said that the East African Business Council (EABC), as agreed in the 2013 Forum, will take the lead role in planning and organizing this year’s Forum in collaboration with the EAC Secretariat. She appealed for greater support to the planning and execution process from all the stakeholders of the Forum.