Dedicated Team

The leadership team at EACCIA is made up of individuals at the top of their respective industries and practice. The bring with them a wealth of experience, commitment and a common desire to see East African trade grow.

Mr. Toufiq Salim TURKY is the new Chairman of East African Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (EACCIA) Board of Directors after he replaced the late Ndibalema John MAYANJA in July 2018. He is also the current President of Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (ZNCCIA). Possessing vast managing directorships and CEO experience, he always ensures that clear corporate and institutional goals, objectives and expectations are delivered and maintained. He is a passionate leader with first class communication skills and a long track record of successfully business management. Mr Toufiq is a highly educated individual, with extensive knowledge of all current economic, social and regulatory issues. He is an inspiring and motivational manager with first-rate interpersonal skills and the ability and passion to develop the vision of Turky Group of Companies, to ensure that they are able to push performance improvement whilst at the same time delivering growth.

He joined the EACCIA Board of Directors upon his election as the President of Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in 2016. As the CEO of Vigor Turky Group of Companies, he oversees one of the largest business groups in Tanzania, owning 12 Companies with operations in Zanzibar, Tanzania mainland and Comoros’ islands as well and employing over 4,000 people.

Through its diverse business and high class workforce, the Turky group delivers the best brands and highest quality services to its customers. To achieve this, it continues to train, develop & cultivate the skills of all its staffs, infusing a spirit of continual learning in the organization. By doing so, they not only train the physical & mental skills of its staffs to be better professionals, but more importantly, to develop them to become outstanding individuals with impeccable integrity & character, so that whether as an organization or individual everyone in “Turky Group” can do their best & contribute to a better society for everyone.

Some of the companies owned by Turky Group of Companies are:


Mr. Charles N. KAHUTHU is the Regional Coordinator and CEO 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.