Mr. Charles N. KAHUTHU - Secretary


Mr. Charles N. KAHUTHU is the Secretary to the Board, CEO  and  Regional Coordinator of the East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (EACCIA). Before then he was Deputy CEO of KNCCI and also coordinated the functions of Membership and Branch Network Development, as well as all external partnerships between the Chamber and other stakeholders, including development partners.

He was particularly very involved in regional integration issues having contributed to the two key protocols that are guiding the integration process of East Africa, namely; the Customs Union Protocol and the Common Market Protocol.

Mr Kahuthu is a Private Sector Development Specialist, as well as public-private sector partnerships building specialist, providing a wide range of business management and socio-economic development consultancy services to Governments, private sector institutions, development agencies and non-governmental organizations, among others.

He is an experienced policy analyst and has been a member of many task forces facilitating the review of public policy in recent years. He has carried out very many consulting assignments in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Latin America and France. He is extremely conversant with the planning, preparation and implementation of development programmes and projects.

Mr. Kahuthu has gained a lot of experience in the negotiations for private, public and social development projects financing, with local and international financial institutions, including the World Bank Group, the European Union, the African Development Bank and all the United Nations Agencies. He has also interacted extremely well with many donor nations, such as France, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Britain, a number of Latin American countries, and the United States of America, and is quite conversant with their bilateral cooperation strategies in support of development countries.

Up to December 2008, Mr. Kahuthu was employed by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) as Sector Coordinator for Agriculture and Rural Development, coordinating all the partnership engagements with Government Ministry clusters that constitute the Agricultural and Rural Development Sector. Prior to this assignment, he acted as the African Region Coordinator for Latin American Economic System (SELA) for two years and before that assignment, he was the Enterprise Development Adviser for the Department of Micro and Small Enterprises Development, in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development. In his role as Enterprise Development Adviser, he provided the required technical support to the Head of the Department, who coordinated the activities of a number of Donor Programmes, including assisting both the Ministry’s staff and contracted implementing agencies in preparing their work plans and other forms of technical assistance, such as project proposal writing, carrying out project monitoring and evaluation activities, among others. He also promoted networking amongst the implementing agencies and other programmes and projects that the Ministry was implementing, and also carried out resource mobilization assignments to fund the various SMEs Programme activities.

He has been on a panel of the list of Consultants that the Ministries of Trade; Industrialization; Agriculture; as well Youth and Sports, and can be called upon to undertake various studies, on their behalf, with special emphasis in Trade and Industrial Development Policy, Region Integration, Youth Development Programmes, as well as Small Enterprise Development. He acted as the Secretary to the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Economic and Development Committee, with special responsibility for issues relating to EAC, NEPAD and ACP-EU Economic and Development Cooperation, through the Economic Partnerships Agreements (EPAs), and also the KNCCI’s Focal Point with the Government in the implementation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. 

Mr. Kahuthu is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Business Administration Option), with emphasis in international marketing and economics. He has been undertaking an MBA Degree Programme, “on-line”, as an external student, with the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences of the University of the Free State (UOFS), in South Africa, a programme that has been developed by UOFS, in collaboration with the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at De Paul University, Chicago, USA. 

Mr. Kahuthu is a member of the EACCIA Steering Committee.








East Africa Trade Week

In hosting the East Africa Trade Week, our primary objective is to promote economic growth in the region and the continent, at large, through the network of Chambers of Commerce and business associations and to advance the East African Community (EAC) regional integration as well as Africa-wide development agenda, as championed by the African Union Commission (AUC), notably, the Boosting of Intra-African Trade (BIAT) to accelerate and deepen the con t's market integration by ensuring that we realize the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agenda. The continental chambers of commerce and industry, through the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) are some of the key drivers of CFTA. The objective of the EATW is to promote investment and trade through partnerships and joint ventures in key sectors such as agriculture and agro-allied ventures, financial services, small and medium enterprises, textiles and infrastructure. It will institutionalize strategic economic partnership between the East African Community member States, rest of Africa and Globe. It is seen as the beginning of a long-term strategic partnership between the rest of the Continent and East Africa with the rest of the globe for mutual benefits.  The target countries are Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, in the Eastern Africa region. The EATW will also feature some national and regional project portfolios with regional investment and export trade opportunities that require international financing and partnerships. To know more about the event and to participate, visit;  

East African Business Guide

Editorial Foreword From Mr. Charles KAHUTHU - CEO We welcome you to this first edition of the East African Business Guide. We shall endeavour to tell the good story of public private partnership and the integration agenda through this publication. We are witnessing interesting developments and the region’s geopolitical environment is fast evolving. This publication will provide a platform and a mouth piece for stakeholders and members of the national chambers to articulate various issues in the region, such as Infrastructure development, trade facilitation and the integration agenda, among many others. Our Cover Story in the inaugural edition is centred on the delivery of infrastructure in the region which is a fundamental prerequisite in facilitating business transactions. We have also expanded our horizon and looked at issues that do impact on the African continent, including the impact of climate change to us all, and how the continent intends to respond to the risks posed.  Unlike many other platforms, our magazine will be delivered directly to our business organizations, trade facilitation agencies, foreign embassies in Kenya, our embassies overseas, the East African Community Secretariat and all relevant departments of the EAC member states, thereby ensuring that you, our partner, are visible to all the relevant sectors. We want the Guide to be instructive, directive and inspirational. It shall not be a replica of anything else in the industry. We are looking to having the Editorial team and contributors holding round tables with the regional policy makers to discuss some of the content and to push for implementation of the regional agenda. We are also looking to having the Business Guide combining international standards with regional identity, so that readers recognize it is a magazine for East African issues. It shall reflect the mentality of the editorial team and finally, ensure that is attractive in the presentation of information on all pages. The Guide shall have clarity and more value added than just dissemination of news. We are looking at making the publication “digital” after the production of the first few hard copy editions, so that our readers can have easier access to the publication. We want to thank you most sincerely for partnering with us and look forward to continued, and more beneficial, relationship with you and your organization in the coming days.   We are truly grateful for your support! To subscribe, get a EABG Subscription Form here.