The Africa Strategic Leadership Centre is set to host Kenya’s Deputy President William Samoei Ruto for a distinguished breakfast meeting on the Sunday, August 19, at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
Officials said the audience will comprise business and industry leaders, representatives of trade and manufacturing bodies, high-level policy makers, leaders of government institutions, influential academic scholars, development partners, and emerging young leaders among others.
The conversation with Ruto on East Africa’s Regional Integration and Trade is informed by recent developments and strides made by the East African Community (EAC).
With six countries and a regional market of over 150 million people, a combined GDP of over USD 150 billion, a relatively successful Customs Union, a Common Market Protocol and a Common Currency in the making, the EAC is undoubtedly one of the most robust and promising regional economic groupings in the global south.
Speaking about the distinguished breakfast event, Dr. Robert Mwesigwa, Chairman to the Board, Africa Strategic Leadership Centre said the conversation, overall, seeks to assess the current status of the EAC’s progress, its bottlenecks to sustained intra-EAC trade and how public-private sector collaboration can spearhead and help strengthen a robust regional economic community.
“The future of Africa will largely depend on our commitment to constant dialogue, and engagement between the public and private sectors in shaping a shared agenda for developing our communities,” said Dr Mwesigwa.
The Conversation is designed as a moderated high-level dialogue with a Session Chair who will engage the Ruto, and also engage the audience from time to time in an open plenary session.
The Africa Strategic Leadership Centre is an independent think tank for public-private collaboration.
Ruto arrives in Uganda today Saturday ahead of the 2018 Young Achievers’ Awards ceremony.