(Xinhua) -- Entrepreneurs from the
East Africa region and beyond are set to convene here a major
manufacturing summit, announced the East African Community (EAC)
Secretariat on Friday.
The small central African
country will host the 2nd high-level East African Manufacturing
Business Summit and Exhibition (EAMBS) from May 23 to 25,
dubbed: "harnessing the Manufacturing Potential for Sustainable
The three-day meeting will bring together top executives in
the manufacturing and agri-business sectors, policy and decision
makers, as well as key financial institutions from Africa and
beyond to dialogue and explore opportunities for investment in
manufacturing and agri-business in the EAC region.
Speaking to reporters, Jean Baptiste Havugimana, Director of
Productive Sectors at the EAC Secretariat, said the conference
will provide a strategic platform for an extensive and intensive
dialogue on opportunities and challenges of industrialization in
"It will be a good opportunity for EAC entrepreneurs to
explore market opportunities for their products and as well as
investment opportunities within the East Africa region," he
Havugimana noted that the business summit platform borne out
of the recognition that sustainable economic growth and
development in East Africa is unattainable without creating a
vibrant and diversified manufacturing sector.
The forum will also include an exhibition where investors,
enterprises, researchers and academia will collectively showcase
new products and services as well as exhibit the latest advances
in manufacturing technology and innovation, particularly those
with relevance to SMEs.
It is expected to create greater awareness about the
opportunities and challenges arising from the common market
protocol for the regional manufacturing sector, according to
Gerard Mukubu, chief advocacy officer, Rwanda Private sector
Federation said that the summit will serve as a platform not
only for initial business contacts, but also for exchange of
ideas on how to promote manufacturing sector in the region.
"The meeting will lay strategies on how to improve the
competitiveness and capabilities of domestic firms and promoting
industrial development," he added.
The summit will also address existing gaps in policy and
business environment by providing a platform for dialogue among
manufacturers, suppliers, technology providers and policy