The following are some of the organizations with whom we have signed collaborative MOUs/Agreements as one of the ways in which we can serve the business community in the Eastern Africa Region better.
- Kenyatta University - EACCIA Partnership
In order to successfully deliver the PPP Training Programme, the EACCIA has now partnered with Kenyatta University, in Nairobi, Kenya, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and we are jointly collaborating in establishing a PPP Training Programme, based at the University to run this course, in Kenya, which is also targeted to reach across the entire East African Community (EAC) member states, and other countries in the region with whom we partner, such as South Sudan, Somaliland and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- EACCIA – East African Development Bank (EADB) Partnership
We are partnering with The East African Development Bank (EADB), one of the institutions of the East African Community (EAC) member states and which is the focal point for coordinating the PPP agenda in the region to implement a PPP training course which is tailor-made for devolved forms of government and other key stakeholders wishing to understand the PPP concept. County and regional Governments can greatly benefit by participating in this course. The objective of the five-day training course is to empower Government officials to enable them to identify alternative sources of funding for a number of County projects outside the normal National Treasury allocations. PPP would be a powerful development tool which can be used to boost county government collaborative productivity with local stakeholders. Previous phases in PPP interventions show how the application of the right PPP Project mechanisms, through training for the staff, can increase returns on development efforts. In the Training Programme on PPPs for County Governments, County officials will learn and get to practice an easy and efficient approach to implementing their local projects. They shall use what they learn in this course to implement their projects faster, with more consistent results. This will in turn impact the bottom line.
- EACCIA - NCTTCA Partnership
With the support of the European Union’s ACP Business Climate Facility (BizClim), EACCIA has recently partnered with the Secretariat of the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA) to implement a joint project which aims at mobilizing private sector funding through PPPs for economic and social development in the Northern Corridor. Please see our project website at :http://www.enablebusiness4pppseastafrica.com/ The EACCIA-NCTTCA partnership was formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which commits both parties to certain principles where both parties have pledged to work together in transforming the Northern Corridor into an Economic Development Corridor(EDC) through a strategy that looks to promoting Public Private Partnerships in transport infrastructure investments and investments in other sectors; and to promote synergies between transport infrastructure and other sectors as one of the key strategies for promoting investment. Intra Regional Trade Promotion and Facilitation, with a view to ensuring that the regional integration of East Africa is realized; Investment Mobilization and promotion for Conducive Environment for Private sector Investment; Improvement of the Business Environment in favour of the Private Sector; Promoting the dissemination of business information to the national chambers in the EAC member states; Strengthening and developing SMEs and other informal sectors in the region; Facilitating the provision of Business Development and related Advisory Services including capacity enhancement for PPPs in the region; Undertaking capacity-building intervention of the various national chambers of commerce in the the region, in order to ensure that they are able to respond to the needs of their members; and Promotion of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), particularly in the delivery of regional infrastructure programmes and projects, with a view to discouraging capital flight out of the region; and Joint mobilization of Funding and other resources from Development and Cooperating Partners for enhancing Capacity for PPPs and Business Development and Promotion.
- EACCIA Collaboration with International Organizations
In an effort to strengthen its trade facilitation role and support its chamber members in the region, EACCIA has recently signed a series of MOUs with a number of international chambers of commerce. This is expected to increase trade and investment opportunities between East Africa and the countries with whom we have established collaborative relationships through their chambers. We have signed MOUs with the two chambers in Jordan (Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JCC) and Jordan Chamber of Industry (JCI)), the Union of Arab Chambers (UAC) which brings together 21 chambers from the various Arab countries, the Kolkata based Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the National Black Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. We are also expected to sign an MOU with USAID’s East Africa Investment Hub with a view to further strengthening our ability to support business enterprises in the region.