East African Business Council - Uganda Chapter elects new leadership

  • Private Sector Foundation Uganda

22nd February, 2022, Kampala, Uganda. Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), which is the National Focal Point of the EABC in Uganda, this morning facilitated the EABC Uganda Chapter Board elections. Members represented at the Chapter elections included, Steel and Tube, Uganda Breweries, Roofings Group, Coca Cola Beverages Africa, African Queen, Mukwano Industries, The New Forests Company, Uganda Law Society, and USSIA. 

Simon Kaheru, the Uganda Chapter Board Chair, was re-elected at the Chapter elections in Kampala today. Also elected to the Uganda Chapter Board are, Pheona Nabaasa Wall, President of the Uganda Law Society; Stuart Jason Mwesigwa, Head of Corporate Affairs at Roofings Group; and Businge Rwabwoogo, General Manager of Mukwano Group of Companies.

“The leadership of the EABC would focus on clearing impediments to doing business in the region, and promote private sector leadership of all efforts to support East African Community integration.” Simon Kaheru said in his inaugural speech as the elected Chairman. “We must all work under the EABC as business leaders, with a specific focus on results that benefit the people of the EAC across the entire region, starting within our countries. There is no way integration will happen simply because politicians have spoken, we have to do work as the private sector to create benefits for the people through our businesses creating wealth for them,” Kaheru added.

Kaheru, pledged that the EABC would work more closely with all businesses, trade and economic organizations in Uganda to synchronize and harmonize positions to ensure that all interests of all parties are well represented.

Former EABC Uganda Chapter Chair, Jim Mwine Kabeho, challenged EABC Members to focus keenly on the Africa Free Continental Trade Area in all their engagements, to take advantage of the vast opportunities it offers.

"There are already countries and regional bodies that have moved quickly to understand, popularise and mobilise for the opportunities that the AFCTA presents. If we do not get our act together quickly across East Africa and put a stop to the non-tariff barriers and border closures that we keep seeing in East Africa, by the time we think of going out to the rest of Africa it will be too late. We must wake up now!" Kabeho warned.

The EABC will hold a pre-Heads of State Summit symposium in March, 2022 to outline issues gathered from across the EAC states.