KEPSA – TPSF Private Sector Dialogue on Enhancing Bilateral Trade

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) held a peer to peer dialogue on Thursday August 3rd 2017 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to deepen trade, investments and enhance bilateral partnerships between the two countries and to develop a joint private sector advocacy platform on issues affecting trade and investment.
The objectives of the Peer to peer dialogue meeting were to:

  • To discuss the identified policy and regulatory restrictions that undermine the free movement of goods, services, capital and investment between Kenya and Tanzania and develop responsive measures or reforms.
  • To deliberate on possible ways to incorporate the issues into the Private Sectors’ advocacy agendas, and realign them to ensure successful implementation of the CMP.
  • To develop a Joint Memorandum on the agreed resolutions to be jointly submitted to the respective Ministries in charge of EAC Affairs.

 

Under the leadership of Mr. George Owuor, KEPSA Governor and EAC Sector Board Chair the team from KEPSA included representation for various sectors including manufacturing, retail, energy, transport and logistics, healthcare, accounting and architects.  The Tanzanian private  sector was led by TPSF Chair, Dr. Reginald Mengi and CEO Godfrey Simbiye.

 

In his opening remarks, Mr. Godfrey Simbiye, CEO TPSF celebrated the dialogue forum as the culmination of an effort that they have sought in deepening relationships with Kenyas private sector since the State visit of H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former president of the United Republic of Tanzania to Kenya in 2015 and the subsequent visit by President Magufuli in November 2016. He echoed a call by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the interests of the 2 partner states is “Biashara sio Vikwazo”. He affired that the issues identified and agreed upon would be incorporated into the advocacy agenda in both countries. He challenged the participants that as the East African Community, to not compete, and beyond integration to actually cooperate for the good of the citizens of the two countries and the other partner states.

 

Dr. Mengi in his key note address noted that the forum was an opportunity for business engagement not a political engagement. He emphasized that the forum was meant to identify the bottlenecks and drawbacks hampering business and investment between our 2 countries and to focus on solving these issues that are hampering cross border trade. He shared his views that as the private sector, we can

compete, but on ethical and open grounds and that “Competition sio uadui”He called for the two countries to drop the competitive nature and to brand and market ourselves as a region across all sector from manufacturing to tourism and others. He urged that we as neighbours should be creating success stories in Kenya and Tanzania, not in other parts of the world.

In his remarks, KEPSA Governor and EAC Sector Board Chair Mr. George Owuor shared that while there are currently barriers and restrictions that affect our ability to trade, he looked forward to the day that businesses of all sizes in both partner states could do business freely. He noted that the restrictions in place currently add costs to business and make their products and services uncompetitive in the region, particularly against external imports.  He urged that while the wildebeest risk their lives to cross from the serengeti in Tanzaniz to reach the maassai mara in Kenya, there shouldn’t be any  crocodiles waiting at the border waiting as we do business between each other.

The dialogue was extremely successful and developed a consensus  on various issues that would be handled through domestic efforts or at through the EAC as appropriate. The joint memorandum from the peer to peer dialogue will be available shortly.

The framework for the discussions that identified the challenges that Kenyan private sector companies are facing doing business in Tanzania and Tanzanian private sector raised in doing business in Kenya is attached.

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) held a peer to peer dialogue on Thursday August 3rd 2017 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to deepen trade, investments and enhance bilateral partnerships between the two countries and to develop a joint private sector advocacy platform on issues affecting trade and investment.
The objectives of the Peer to peer dialogue meeting were to:

  • To discuss the identified policy and regulatory restrictions that undermine the free movement of goods, services, capital and investment between Kenya and Tanzania and develop responsive measures or reforms.
  • To deliberate on possible ways to incorporate the issues into the Private Sectors’ advocacy agendas, and realign them to ensure successful implementation of the CMP.
  • To develop a Joint Memorandum on the agreed resolutions to be jointly submitted to the respective Ministries in charge of EAC Affairs.

Under the leadership of Mr. George Owuor, KEPSA Governor and EAC Sector Board Chair the team from KEPSA included representation for various sectors including manufacturing, retail, energy, transport and logistics, healthcare, accounting and architects.  The Tanzanian private  sector was led by TPSF Chair, Dr. Reginald Mengi and CEO Godfrey Simbiye.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Godfrey Simbiye, CEO TPSF celebrated the dialogue forum as the culmination of an effort that they have sought in deepening relationships with Kenyas private sector since the State visit of H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former president of the United Republic of Tanzania to Kenya in 2015 and the subsequent visit by President Magufuli in November 2016. He echoed a call by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the interests of the 2 partner states is “Biashara sio Vikwazo”. He affired that the issues identified and agreed upon would be incorporated into the advocacy agenda in both countries. He challenged the participants that as the East African Community, to not compete, and beyond integration to actually cooperate for the good of the citizens of the two countries and the other partner states.

Dr. Mengi in his key note address noted that the forum was an opportunity for business engagement not a political engagement. He emphasized that the forum was meant to identify the bottlenecks and drawbacks hampering business and investment between our 2 countries and to focus on solving these issues that are hampering cross border trade. He shared his views that as the private sector, we can

compete, but on ethical and open grounds and that “Competition sio uadui”He called for the two countries to drop the competitive nature and to brand and market ourselves as a region across all sector from manufacturing to tourism and others. He urged that we as neighbours should be creating success stories in Kenya and Tanzania, not in other parts of the world.

In his remarks, KEPSA Governor and EAC Sector Board Chair Mr. George Owuor shared that while there are currently barriers and restrictions that affect our ability to trade, he looked forward to the day that businesses of all sizes in both partner states could do business freely. He noted that the restrictions in place currently add costs to business and make their products and services uncompetitive in the region, particularly against external imports.  He urged that while the wildebeest risk their lives to cross from the serengeti in Tanzaniz to reach the maassai mara in Kenya, there shouldn’t be any  crocodiles waiting at the border waiting as we do business between each other.

The dialogue was extremely successful and developed a consensus  on various issues that would be handled through domestic efforts or at through the EAC as appropriate. The joint memorandum from the peer to peer dialogue will be available shortly.

The framework for the discussions that identified the challenges that Kenyan private sector companies are facing doing business in Tanzania and Tanzanian private sector raised in doing business in Kenya is attached.

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