Dr. Mathuki has been instrumental in championing removal of NTBs, implementing the turn-around strategy of EABC and revitalized donor support in the sector among other issues.
Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, Arusha, Tanzania: The East African business community is hailing EABC CEO Dr. Peter Mutuku Mathuki, the incoming seventh EAC Secretary-General, as a transformative leader who pushed the business agenda and championed free movement of goods and services in the dire pandemic times.
Dr. Mathuki boosted cross-border trade by passionately advocating for the operationalization and functioning of One-Stop Border Posts (OSBP) across the region. His hands-on approach saw him visiting all EAC OSBPs, holding fora with small-scale cross-border traders and Trade Facilitation Agencies to assess trade barriers and in turn advocated for their elimination.
The former EALA member of Parliament has held firm on the business community’s appeal to EAC Heads of State to embrace a coordinated approach in handling COVID-19.
At the onset of the pandemic, he successfully urged the EAC Council of Ministers to allow free movement of cargo and drivers, called for fiscal and monetary incentives to cushion East African businesses from the impact of COVID-19 and resumption of air transport services in the EAC region.
Under his leadership, EABC fronted research policy papers and briefs on the impact of COVID-19 in various business sectors and proposed recovery strategies, the majority of which were adopted by the EAC Partner States.
Dr. Mathuki successfully pushed for the formation of the African Business Council and has played a pivotal role in overseeing the coming into effect of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), in a bid to reposition the bloc to reap the benefits availed by the continental market.