EABC to appoint new leaders

By Edward Kayiwa

The meeting which will be attended by members from the five regional countries is expected to elect the Chair, Vice-Chairs and Members of the EABC Executive Committee.

The East Africa Business Council (EABC) is scheduled to elect new leaders that will drive the organization's agenda and mandate for the next one year, at an annual general meeting in Kampala on Friday.

The meeting which will be attended by members from the five regional countries is expected to elect the Chair, Vice-Chairs and Members of the EABC Executive Committee.

According to the executive director, Lilian Awinja, the new chair person is expected to come from Uganda, in accordance with the rotational principal.

"The AGM is the supreme policy making organ of the East African Business Council, and meets once a year to elect the Executive Committee headed by the Chairperson. It also meets to give overall direction to the Secretariat in line with the Strategic Plan and interests of the business community in East Africa," she said.

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the apex body of business associations of the Private Sector and Corporates from the 5 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.

Awinja said the new board of directors will play a critical role in spearheading advocacy on regional trade issues on behalf of the Private Sector in East Africa.

The EABC Board of Directors consists of 22 members headed by a Chairperson, who is elected from the 5 Partner States on an annual rotational basis.

Out of the 22 members 4 are Vice Chairs from each of the States not holding the Chair, with each country nominating four members to the executive committee.

After the elections, the new board is expected to pay a courtesy call to President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the Chairperson of the EAC Heads of State Summit.