The COMESA Business Council, East Africa Business Council and Association of SADC Chambers Of Commerce and Industry as the Tripartite Private Sector Platform convened the second (2nd) Private Sector Regional Dialogue -Movement of Business Persons Meeting in Lusaka Zambia from the 29th -30th September 2016, in Lusaka Zambia. The meeting was composed of representatives’ private sector associations, Chambers of Commerce’s and business community from the tripartite region.
The objective was to come up with proposals on frameworks to facilitate movement of business persons in the region and to assess the Draft Annex- Agreement on the Movement of Business Persons as part of the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (TFTA) framework.
The meeting recalled the various Protocols and frameworks to advance the free movement of persons under all the three Tripartite Regional Economic Communities, with the EAC even fully implementing a Common market; and the Abuja Treaty on African economic integration. As such, the movement of business persons and labour is an essential facet to the fulfillment of the TFTA trade liberalization objectives under the TFTA Agreement.
The free movement of business persons is the ultimate goal; as movement of economic actors is important for regional economic integration. The Draft Annex -Agreement on the Movement of Business Persons should reflect;
There is limited information on business visa regimes among most stakeholders, both public and private sector with most being aware of the tourist visa frameworks instead. The public and private sector stakeholders are called upon to increase awareness on the visa regimes for business persons and the existing practices on the movement of business persons in the tripartite region.
KAM team lead by the CEO, Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga paid a courtesy call to the Intergovernmental Relations and Technical committee (IGRTC) on 6October 2016 at their offices in Parklands Plaza. The team was met warmly by the Committee members lead by their Chairman Prof. Karega Mutathi.
Ms. Wakiaga elaborate on the memorandum shared with IGRTC on issues challenging the manufacturing sector under the new governments under Devolution. Members appreciated the role of the two levels of government however there needs to have synergy among the two levels of government and among st the 47 counties to enable businesses to thrive and be competitive.
Among the issues deliberated upon included: