THE Arusha-based East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are looking forward to provide a compass to policy-makers, the private sector and generally a wider range of stakeholders on the broad direction of the industrial development in EAC.
The two bodies are set to launch the maiden Industrial Competitiveness Report for countries that are members of EAC. The report is expected to be launched today.
The EAC’s Head of the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department, Mr Owora Richard Othieno, said in a statement that the report is set to assess EAC industrial performance against other regions.
“The report assesses EAC’s industrial performance vis-à-vis other regions and role models in Asia and Africa and sheds light on strategic short- and longterm industrialization paths that EAC should pursue,” said Mr Othieno.
The draft report has been presented and discussed at various consultative meetings culminating in its validation, by the programme Regional Steering Committee, at the regional workshop held in March 2017 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
Speaking ahead of the launch the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sector, Mr Christophe Bazivamo, said the report provides a synopsis on the ‘State of Industrial Competitiveness in the region and highlights the policy actions required to restore or sustain competitiveness.
Apparently, the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with UNIDO is implementing a programme on ‘Strengthening Capacities for Industrial Policy Formulation and Implementation in the East African Community,’ which was approved by the Sectoral Council on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment during its meeting held on May 22, 2015.
Through the Programme specific trainings have been delivered at both regional and national levels to create, among others, capacity for industrial competitiveness analysis as envisaged in the EAC Industrialization Policy and Strategy.