The government of Rwanda has agreed to allocate land to the East African Business Council (EABC) to construct its regional head offices in Kigali. This follows a request sent to all partner state governments at the end of January, requesting for donation of land and diplomatic status for EABC staff.
The EABC executive committee waited anxiously for a positive response on this matter from member states, having operated in a rented facility in Arusha, Tanzania, since its existence. The news was greeted with excitement from the executive committee when Rwanda responded with an offer.
The East African Business Council (EABC) is the apex body of the private sector in the five East African countries, having been established in 1997 to foster the interests of the private sector in the integration process of the East African Community.
According to a letter addressed to EABC’s chairman, Mr Vimal Shah, the government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of East African Community Affairs, has allocated prime land in Kiyovu, the heart of Kigali City.
Additionally, the Rwandan government said that since EABC staff does not qualify for diplomatic status, government would look into their needs and facilitate them where possible.
In his letter of appreciation, the EABC chairman, Mr Vimal Shah expressed his gratitude to the President and the government of Rwanda, stressing that this demonstrates the commitment of the Republic of Rwanda to the EAC integration process and ensuring that the process is “People-Driven and Private Sector-led.”