Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Dr. Mathuki holds a PhD in Strategic Management & Regional Integration from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director of the East African Business Council (EABC), driving the Private Sector agenda in the EAC Region. Dr. Mathuki is an expert in regional integration and has served in several regional organizations. He is a former Member of Parliament of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and chaired the EALA Committee responsible for good governance and also served in Committee of Trade and Investment. He sits in several boards such as Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA). He is also a member of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). He is passionate about regional integration and has been heavily involved in the negotiation of EAC Common Market Protocol and Regional economic issues since 2004, he strongly supported formation of various EAC platforms instrumental in the EAC regional integration process. These platforms include the formation of East African labor and employees’ organizations in the EAC. The East African Business Council (EABC) is the apex body of Private Sector association and corporate from the 6 East African countries. It was established in 1997 to foster the interest of the Private Sector from the East African Community. Being the representative of Private Sector associations in the region, EABC was granted observer status in organs and activities of the East African Community (EAC).EABC, therefore, participates in various sectoral meeting, meeting of the Coordination Committee, the EAC Council of Ministers, and the Summit of the EAC Heads of States; with a view to ensure that agenda of the Private Sector is well articulated and received by the policymakers.
11:00 - 11:50
SME Pillar Session 2 - Policy Making and Building the Right Ecosystem for SMEs
For SMEs to thrive in a country, they need to be supplied with a suitable environment to function in, to set up, get registered and thrive. In this session, speakers will discuss the benchmark policies governments have set up to promote SME development and what needs to be done by governments for further promotion of SMEs.