Building Consensus

…bringing together stakeholders to raise awareness, build consensus, and increase the development orientation in technical assistance and capacity building on trade and investment

Building Consensus on Services Reforms and Negotiations: the Private Sector and the Role of Services Coalitions

Imperial Royale Hotel – Kampala, Uganda
2-3 October 2009

Services industry practitioners and representatives from across East Africa attended a meeting organized by the East African Business Council (EABC) and International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP) in Kampala Uganda on 2nd and 3rd of October 2009. The objective was to promote discussion on ways to build services coalitions to confront challenges in the sector and help unlock the region’s economic potential.

The services industry in EAC – which includes such areas a finance, ICT, tourism, education, legal, accounting and other professional services – is faced with a number of constraints. These include limited supply capacity, inadequate laws and regulations, an absence of national policies on trade in services, and restrictive international trade barriers (amongst others). The result has been an inability for EAC firms to translate services market opportunities into tangible commercial benefits and ultimately poverty alleviation.

As a result, participants at the meeting participated in discussions on the role of services coalitions in pursuing services reforms and engaging in trade negotiations, promoting information and knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders and promoting consensus on services coalitions (or similar mechanism) that can best serve the needs of EAC services operators.

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