The East African region has not had a single platform to represent agribusiness sector for the longest time. This year few associations from the region held discussions and agreed to form an association Agribusiness Confederation for East Africa (ACEA) to represent the agribusiness sector in the region. Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya already have representation and as they look forward to have representation from Burundi and South Sudan.
It will be registered in Arusha as an affiliate of the East African Business Council.
(ACEA) shall be the regional apex body for private sector associations and federations in the agribusiness sector. It shall be the main voice and representative of the private sector agribusiness stakeholders in the East African Business Council. The main aim of the ACEA is to enhance inter-regional trade by identifying and promoting agribusiness opportunities within and outside the East African Community (EAC) region. ACEA will connect and coordinate private sector agribusinesses, influence the formulation and implementation of policies and strategies for the improvement of agriculture value chains, and promote common interests of individual agriculture businesses in the East region.
The association is Chaired by Dr. Bimal Kantaria who is also the chair of ASNET and has 2 Vice Chairs Dr. Jackie Mkindi of Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) and Robert Rukundo Of Horticulture Exporters Association of Rwanda (HEAR).