he East African Business Council Board (EABC) has appointed John Bosco Kalisa as the Chief Executive Officer to replace Dr Peter Mathuki who was earlier this year made the Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC).
Kalisa is an economist with extensive experience in research and analysis on private sector development matters. He has an in-depth understanding of the international, continental and regional trade agreements and has participated fully in negotiations and championed private sector interests and needs in the EAC regional integration agenda.
He is also an expert in international trade policy and law, taxation, commerce and economy having studied at leading universities in Pretoria, South Africa and Kigali in Rwanda.
He previously worked with Trademark East Africa (TMEA) as the country director in South Sudan where he strongly promoted private sector development and competitiveness. He also has a good rapport and network with the government and industry captains in East Africa having previously worked with the Rwanda Private Sector Federation and Rwanda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
The EABC is the regional apex body of Private Sector associations and corporates in East Africa with a single purpose of driving the East African Community integration process through trade and investment.
To achieve this, EABC works with the public sector, East African Community (EAC) institutions, the academia, and the business community to unlock economic potential through increased physical access to markets, enhanced trade environment and improved business competitiveness.
EABC aims to articulate its leadership role in building a vibrant Private Sector ecosystem by fostering excellence and increasing national, regional and global engagement with East African governments, people and business.