Each Country in the East Africa Community (EAC) has unique strength and opportunities. By working together, it is possible to create volumes of products for trade that will boost growth of the East Africa’s Economy.

While appearing as a panelist at the East Africa Trade and Industrialization Week 2021 in Dar es Salaam today, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Mr. Samuel Matonda expressed that unity is important in realizing success of the EAC business sector.

He therefore called on the EAC Chambers of Commerce to synergise through streamlining processes and systems and focus on improving the region as an economic hub for Africa.

Addressing the Role of Chambers of Commerce in the East African and the Continent’s Trade and Industrialization Agenda , Mr. Matonda indicated that the Chambers play a crucial role in ensuring the trade sector in the region thrives.

In his view, harmonization of trade policies in the EAC region, capacity building and support for most fragile states are among ways to ensuring there is good trade relations in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (EACCIA) Regional Coordinator and CEO Mr. Charles Kahuthu also emphasized that unity is key for the success of AfCFTA. He called on Pan Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) to provide good leadership and guidance on building strong Chambers in the EAC.

PACCI Programme Manager Ms. Wincate Muthini committed that the Pan Africa Chamber will organize for a conference for all African Chambers, to discuss business and the progress of AfCFTA. To be able to handle issues affecting Chambers in the EAC, Ms. Wincate has suggested for a meeting with EAC Chambers ahead of the conference.