The EAC is kicking off the 3rd installment of the Investment Conference, to be held in Kampala, Uganda. The last edition, which I had the pleasure to attend in Kigali was quite interesting. This year’s installment is timely, especially as EAC marches towards common markets this July.
We are steadily moving towards a fully integrated economic community where goods, capital, labour and services will move freely without borders, and it is important to highlight to the world the abundant potential that East Africa offers today.
The inaugural East African Community Investment Conference was hosted by Rwanda in 2008 and brought together more than 1,000 participants under the theme, Leveraging the East African Market Through Trade and Investment.
The 2nd Annual Conference, hosted by Kenya last year, hosted 2,000 participants under the theme, Invest in the EAC; Where Global Challenges Are Opportunities. Both conferences attracted local, regional and global investors and business leaders who rightly identified the vast potential that the East African region provides.
The East African Community is made up of approximately 130 million people. The East African Community has a Gross Domestic Product of more than US$60 billion. With the establishment of a fully-fledged Customs Union, and the July launch of the East African Common Market, we can confidently announce that East Africa has opened up as One Market, One Destination, FOR BUSINESS.
If you are interesting in doing business in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, or Tanzania in the near future and tapping into a collective $60 billion market, I’d highly suggest you make haste and register to attend. Better yet, how about buying up one of those sponsor spots for some serious visibility, you high rollers you!
Lastly, is it just me or is it a little bit creepy and unsettling that the EAC Conference’s bank account information is published on the web. Ignorance or just just begging for trouble?