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A high-level conference to showcase the state of play of the EAC Customs Union as part of the EAC 20th Anniversary and 15th Anniversary of implementation of the EAC Customs Union . . .
 

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The conference will feature presentations on priority areas of focus in attaining a fully fledged Customs Union.

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trade The EAC Customs Union

Enabling the EAC Partner States to enjoy economies of scale, with a view to supporting the process of economic development through the establishment of a Single Customs Territory. . . .

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Register Online for the High Level Conference on the EAC Single Customs Territory.

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     About the Conference

    The EAC High-Level Conference on regional trade integration is convened as part of the activities to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the East African Community and the 15th Anniversary of Implementing the EAC Customs Union. The theme of the conference is “ENHANCING TRADE INTEGRATION IN THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY”. The conference is expected to attract over 300 key players from the East African Region, International & Regional Economic Communities, exhibitors, stakeholders and Government Officials.

    The objectives of the conference are:

    1. to showcase the state of play of the EAC Customs Union as part of the East African Community 20th Anniversary and 15th Anniversary of the implementation of the Customs Union in the EAC;
    2. discuss and chart out policy, strategic direction and positioning of the EAC in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); and
    3. build linkages of the key players to generate practical interventions to address Barriers to Trade, Investment and Industry.

    The Conference will offer an opportunity to assess the progress, discuss challenges and propose way forward for the full-fledged Customs Union. It will provide a platform to examine the adequacy of the legal, institutional and policy framework, the resource and technological capacity as well as collaboration with the private sector in defining the future of the Customs Union as a pivot in the integration of the region.

    Key note speakers in the areas of Customs and Trade will be drawn from private & public sectors; and regional and international institutions. The conference will further attract policy makers, academia, and professionals knowledgeable in matters of regional integration.

    Expected Participants

    The conference will draw participation from International Organizations including the World Customs Organization (WCO), World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank (WB), African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Union Commission (AUC); the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Development Partners/Donors, sister regional economic communities as well as the academia. Also present will be representatives from Customs administrations, other government agencies, corporate companies that are involved in providing services to the trade sector directly or indirectly, including telecommunication companies, technology providers, insurance companies and banks, importers and exporters, national and international transport companies, shipping lines and clearing agents among others.


    Conference Topics

    Conference will feature discussions on the following topical areas: 

    • A Reflection on the implementation of the East African Community Customs Union. What has worked and what has not.
    • Position of Women and Youth in Business in the East African Community
    • Containing illicit trade in the East African Community; A call for partnership between the public and the private sector
    • Role of Regional Economic Communities in the context of Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
    • Digital economy and e-commerce in East African Community
    • Elevating Small Business Enterprises as contributors to East African Community economies
    • Infrastructure development in East African Community as a driver for trade and industry
    • Resolving trade Trade Disputes in East African Community
    • Impact of the Customs Union on investment in East Africa
    • Creating value chains in manufacturing and agricultural production in East African Community: A paradigm shift
    • Integrating South Sudan in the East African Community
    • The Role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Trade Integration in the East African Community
    • Establishing Trade Preferences with developed Economies
    • Private Sector as a key driver of the East African Community integration

    Exhibition

    Exhibition Area & Standard Booth

    • 2 X 2 Sq Meters, lighting, socket, complete with table, two seats, socket, dustbin. 
    • Booths located directly opposite the main conference hall.
    • Includes participation of 2 delegates.
    • Highly visible signage directing delegates to the exhibition hall.

    Exhibition Fees

    • East Africam Business Council Members (EABC) – US$ 700 per standard Booth
    • Government/EAC Institutions  - US$700 per standard Booth
    • Other Companies/Organizations/Institutions - US$1,000 per standard Booth
    Participation Guidelines
    • Interested Exhibitors are requested to fill the registration form and  contact Zephania Shaidi on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Mbithe Yoma on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    CONFERENCE EXHIBITION REGISTRATION FORM


     Programme

    The conference will feature presentations on priority areas of focus in attaining a fully fledged Customs Union.
    Day 1 - September 25th 2019
     

    08:00 - 08:30

    Registration

    08:45 – 09:00

    East African Community Anthem

    09:00 - 09:05

    Welcoming Remarks, East African Community Secretary General

    09:05 - 09:10

    Key highlights on Regional Integration, East Africa Business Council Chairman

    09:10 - 09:15

    Remarks by Chairperson, East African Community Council of Ministers

    09:15 - 09:35

    Chief Guest, His Excellency The President of the Republic of Kenya

    09:35 - 10:00

    Tour of the Exhibitions

     10:00 - 11:00

    Group Photo and Networking Health Break

    11:00 - 12:30

    PLENARY

    TOPIC:

    “A Reflection on the implementation of the East African Community Customs Union. What has worked and what has not?.”

     

    12:30 – 13:30

    BREAK AWAY SESSION (A)

    TOPIC:

    “Position of Women and Youth in Business in the East African Community”

    12:30 – 13:30

    BREAK AWAY SESSION (B)

    TOPIC:

    Containing illicit trade in the East African Community; A call for partnership between the public and the private sector”

     

     13:30 – 14:30

     LUNCH BREAK

    14:30 – 15:45

    PLENARY

    TOPIC:

     Role of Regional Economic Communities in the context of Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)”

    15:45 – 17:15

    BREAK AWAY SESSION (C)

    TOPIC:

    “Digitalised economy and e-commerce in East African Community”

    15:45 – 17:15

    BREAK AWAY SESSION (D)

    TOPIC:

    Elevating Small & Medium Business Enterprises as contributors to East African Community economies”

     

    17:15 – 17:30

    COFFEE AND NETWORKING

    19:00 – 21:30

     GALA DINNER

     

    Day 2 - September 26th 2019
     

    09:00 – 10:30

    PLENARY

    TOPIC:

    “Infrastructure development in East African Community as a driver for trade and industry”

     

    10:30 – 11:00

    HEALTH BREAK

    11:00 – 13:00

    BREAK AWAY SESSION (A)

    TOPIC:

    “Resolving Trade Disputes in East African Community”

    11:00 – 13:00

    BREAK AWAY SESSION (A)

    TOPIC:

    “Impact of the Customs Union on investment in East African Community”

     13:00 – 14:00

     LUNCH BREAK

    14:00 – 15:30

    PLENARY

    TOPIC:

    “Creating value chains in manufacturing and agricultural production in East African Community: A paradigm shift”.

    15:30 – 17:00

    BREAK AWAY SESSION (C)

    TOPIC:

    “Integrating South Sudan in the East African Community

    15:30 – 17:00

    BREAK AWAY SESSION (D)

    TOPIC:

    The Role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Trade Integration in the East African Community”

     17:00 – 17:30

     COFFEE AND NETWORKING

     

    Day 3 - September 27th 2019
     

    09:00 - 10:30

    PLENARY

    TOPIC:

    “Establishing Trade Preferences with Developed Economies (Fears & Benefits)”

    10:30 – 11:00

    HEALTH BREAK

    11:00 – 12:30

    PLENARY

    TOPIC:

    “Private Sector as a key driver of the East African Community integration”

    12:30 - 13:00

    Recommendations Way Forward - MC.

    13:00 - 13:30

    Closing Remarks: Hon. Peter Gatirau Munya, Cabinet Secretary, Trade and Industrialization, Republic of Kenya

    13:30 – 14:30

    LUNCH


    CONTACT

    For any additional information, confirmation of participation and feedback, kindly contact the EAC Secretariat through the following e-mail addresses:
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