Kampala, Uganda: Kampala, Uganda, 25th July 2023: The East African Business Council (EABC), Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), and the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, in partnership with Afreximbank, German Development Cooperation (GIZ), RSM Eastern Africa, and Standard Chartered Bank, are pleased to announce the highly anticipated East African Business and Investment Summit & Expo 2023. This prestigious event will take place from August 31st to September 1st, 2023, at Speke Munyonyo Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, 1st Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda and Minister for East African Community Affairs, Uganda, said, “The East African Business and Investment Summit 2023 is the premier East African Community Economic Forum where East African will chart out a common agenda to take trade to higher heights for increased prosperity.”
The Government of the Republic of Uganda is committed to fostering a better business environment for increased trade, investment, and prosperity for East Africans, said Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga.
Themed “Private Sector-Driven Regional Integration for Increased Intra-African Trade, Investment,” the East African Business and Investment Summit 2023 will serve as a crucial platform for key stakeholders to converge and discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities in trade and investments within the East African Community (EAC) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
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“Intra-EAC exports grew throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, rising from US$ 3.0 billion in 2019 to a record US$ 5.2 billion in 2022,” said Mr. John Bosco Kalisa. Intra-EAC export share grew to 24.3% of total exports in 2022, increasing from 21.9% in 2019.
The Chair of the EAC Council of Ministers will give the keynote address on the Role of the Governments on Promoting Private Sector Led Regional Integration.
Following discussions of the East African Business and Investment Summit we will have a Communique outlining the resolutions and strategic actions needed to drive intra-EAC trade and investment forward.
The East African Business and Investment Summit 2023 will explore continental and global trends, shifting economic environments, and discuss strategies to position the EAC as the prime investment destination in Africa.
This Summit is organized in close collaboration with all Investment Promotion Authorities in East Africa, who will showcase investment opportunities and present viable projects ready for investment to East African, African, and international investors.
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Over 500 delegates from the continent and beyond are expected to attend, including esteemed Ministers, senior government officials, industry leaders, potential investors, and financial institutions. The East African Business and Investment Summit 2023 will facilitate valuable business-to-business engagements, joint ventures, partnerships, business deals, and an exhibition. The high-level panel discussions will share progress and insights on Trade and Investment Climate, African Continental Free Trade Area – Positioning the Private Sector to Take Advantage of the AfCFTA, Sustainable
Industrialization and Value Chains in Africa. There will be side sessions on the Digital Economy in East Africa, Tax Regime Harmonization, Climate Change & Agriculture, Services Trade in AfCFTA, and Women, Youth & SMEs in the EAC.
Exhibition, B2B Networking, Pitching Session for innovators and Testimonials on Exporting under AfCFTA and visits to potential investment sites will also be available during the Summit.
Businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors from across the continent and beyond are invited to register their attendance at www.eabc-online.com/businesssummit. The Summit presents a unique opportunity for networking, knowledge exchange, and exploring potential partnerships that will contribute to the growth and prosperity of our region.
Special appreciation goes to all our partners and sponsors, particularly Afreximbank, German Development Cooperation (GIZ), RSM Eastern Africa, and Standard Chartered
Bank, Private Sector Foundation Uganda, Uganda Manufacturers Association, Uganda Investment Promotion Authority, and Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI).
Together, let us seize the opportunities, drive economic growth, and shape a prosperous future for our beloved EAC bloc region.
The East African Business Council (EABC) is the regional apex body of private sector associations and Corporates from the 7 East African countries. It was established in 1997 to foster the interests of the private sector in the integration process of the East African Community. EABC vision is a border-less East Africa for business and investment. The primary mission is to promote sustainable private sector-driven growth in the EAC.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance and promote intra-and extra-African trade. Afreximbank deploys innovative structures to deliver financing solutions that support the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby boosting economic expansion in Africa.
A stalwart supporter of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Afreximbank has launched a Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) that was adopted by the African Union (AU) as the payment and settlement platform to underpin the implementation of the AfCFTA. Afreximbank is working with the AU and the AfCFTA Secretariat to develop an Adjustment Facility to support countries in effectively participating in the AfCFTA. At the end of 2021, the Bank’s total assets and guarantees stood at about US$25 billion, and its shareholder funds amounted to US$4 billion. Afreximbank disbursed more than US$51 billion between 2016 and 2021. The Bank has ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A), Moody’s (Baa1), Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR) (A-) and Fitch (BBB). The Bank is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.
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