The 6th Annual EAC Secretary General’s Forum themed “Strategizing for impact: People-Centred and Market-Driven Integration” kicked off today at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.
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 forum aims to take stock of the achievements so far, evaluate the progress, identify the challenges and re-focus the implementation process of the consultative dialogue framework with a view to realizing a real people centred and market driven integration,” said Ms. Lilian Awinja, EABC CEO in her opening remarks during the forum.
She said out of the previous 5 EAC Secretary General fora that have been held, the level of implementation of the agreed recommendations is still low as analysis indicate that only 16% of the recommendations have been implemented and 43% partly implemented.
“Low level of implementation of Secretary General Forum recommendations, failure for some dialogue parties to mainstream Regional Dialogue Committee activities in their work plans, inadequate funding to the Regional Dialogue Committee activities from the EAC Secretariat and failure for Partner States to hold National Dialogue Committee meetings except for the Republic of Kenya are among the issues hindering the positive results and accomplishments of the EAC Secretary General fora,” she said.
During the two-day forum, the East African Business Council will discuss with Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, Secretary General of the EAC and agree on a clear path to the realization of the objectives of the Consultative Dialogue Framework as envisaged under article 127(4) of the EAC Treaty.