Enhancing evidence-based advocacy to reduce trade barriers in east africa
The East African Business Council (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. The EABC is concerned that intra-regional trade barriers inhibit private sector trade within the region. This is in part by importing countries doubting that Rules of Origin regulations and other requirements have been adhered to by the exporting country. This in turn is based on a perception that the exporting country cannot have sufficient production capacity for a certain product as to fulfil those requirements. EABC seeks to ascertain objective production capacity data for sectors where such questions have been raised in the past to address this concern. Following an initial assessment, the sugar sector was chosen as a pilot for the purposes of ICR support, in part because of the impact on women in the value chain.
The ICR Facility supports EABC to develop a methodology and collect production capacity data for the sugar sector in East Africa. This includes training EABC staff to ensure they can collect such data and use it in public-private dialogue processes independently in the future.