By Drake Nyamugabwa
The 2nd edition of East African Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition to take place in Tanzania is themed; “Accelerating Industrialization, Innovation and Investment in the EAC”. EAC Business Council says the conference will demonstrate the importance of investments and discuss on trade opportunities in the region. The source adds that; the conference will feature presentations from industry leaders and experts in their fields, from all across the world, where high level decision Makers, Investors and Business leaders will deliberate on Investments, Entrepreneurship and Trade Opportunities in the Region. The three-day conference will bring together high-level government and private sector decision makers from the EAC Partner States as well as entrepreneurs and investors from the region and abroad.
“The conference offers a platform to promote the EAC as one investment destination and present to investors many opportunities in the region as well as a large consolidated market.” said Ms. LilianAwinja EABC CEO. The conference is co-organized by EABC, Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and the East African Community (EAC) and will take place from 26th – 28th September 2017 at Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
In addition, the conference aims at providing an opportunity for business to business and government to business engagement. It is a platform for financiers and innovators to strengthen entrepreneurship in the EAC, a regional one-stop center for investment and trade opportunities.
Awinja further said; this year, the sector highlights are quite diverse to attract a unique mix of creative people from diverse entrepreneurial sectors; in order to encourage an innovative exchange of experiences and views from different angles and background and inspire them to “think out of the box”. She adds that; the approach of “design thinking” aims at reflecting on the cross cutting issues; in regard to the implementation of the common market protocol and promoting regional integration. “This is by referring to the common cultural identity. In addition, the East African Diaspora will be strongly engaged to amplify investment into the region. The simultaneous exhibition will give participants the possibility to present themselves and serve as points of contact for their organizations and businesses”, she added.
“EABC through its observer status in the EAC will follow closely the implementation of the recommendations that will arise from the conference; in order to improve the business environment in the region.” Ms. LilianAwinja, pointed out further.