Rwandan John Bosco Kalisa the new Executive Director of the East African Business Council (EABC) has said there are ongoing negotiations with bloc member states aimed at total removal of trade barriers.
According to Kalisa’s argument, authorised economic operators in the EAC region are entitled to benefits such as recognition as low risk and faster clearance procedures with regional customs.
Appointed almost four weeks ago, the incoming captain of the regional business body, also says negotiations are ongoing with partner states to ensure complete removal of pending of technical and non trade barriers with an eye on boosting regional industrialisation agenda.
After his appointment, Kalisa was expected to spearhead resource mobilization and high-level advocacy at the Heads of State and Ministerial level to push forward the EABC’s purpose and vision of a borderless East Africa for increased business and investment.
Kalisa has extensive knowledge in global trade negotiations and deep networks with international development partners including USAID, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) African Development Bank and World Bank, Trademark East Africa, among others.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kalisa served as the Country Director of South Sudan for TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).