Last Friday afternoon, the 1st Annual EAC Conference set to take place on Friday 15th March 2019 at Skyz Hotel Naguru was launched at a press conference held at Skyz Hotel Naguru. With a running theme titled, “Legal, Economic and Business Implications of the East African Integration”, a round up of media houses including Print, Radio, TV and Online blogs bore witness to the official announcement of a one-of-a-kind conference designed to cover some of the implications of East African integration from its ‘re-inception’ to this day, and also attempt to contemplate its future outcomes.
The press conference’s speaker and host was Hon. (Rtd) Justice James Ogoola, the emeritus Principal Judge of Uganda, who is also Chairman and Patron of the African Institute of Regional Integration Studies; the organizers of the conference. He addressed the press alongside the Conference Coordinator, Emmanuel Sebijjo and went along to discuss the concept of the conference, its objectives and what the convention hopes to achieve with each annual event.
“This conference is essentially a must attend for lawyers, economists, entrepreneurs, policy advisers, civil servants and politicians interested in assessing the impacts of the East African Integration and understanding its future trajectory.” relayed Justice Ogoola.
Passes for the event go for 100 USD per person and can be bought on Quicket, http://qkt.io/eac-conference
More information can be gleaned at email; [email protected], or website at www.eacconference.com.
About the 1st Annual EAC Conference
Organized by the African Institute of Regional Integration Studies (AIRIS), in association with the Centre for Law, Economics and Policy on East African Integration (Clep East Africa)
The following are the specific Conference objectives:
-To enlighten participants about the EAC – what it is; its core institutions and their functions; its aspirations; where we are now 20 years since the signing of the EAC Treaty (in legal, economic and business terms);
-To give participants an opportunity to hear from experts about the underlying legal, economic and business doctrines, policies and principles, respectively, governing the East African integration process.
-To enlighten participants about the upcoming legal, economic and business developments in the East African Community, including the operationalization of the East African Community Competition Authority, the decision on the permanent seat of the East African Court of Justice, the evolution of the East African Community Secretariat into a Commission, the operationalisation of the East African Community Economic and Monetary Union and the ultimate aspirations of an East African Community Political Federation.
-To provide a channel for companies and/or organisations trading (both in goods and services) within or across the region to share experiences, exhibit and strategize for the future.
-To provide an opportunity for companies and/or organisations looking to trade (both in goods and services) across the region to gain visibility, learn best practices and network with potential clients.
Because East African integration brings not only economic but also legal, business and political implications, we anticipate to have participants from a wide variety of backgrounds including, bankers, economists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, accountants, traders, manufacturers, retailers, logistics handlers, oil and gas practitioners, civil servants and politicians, among others.