Advocacy Division works to maintain an active and positive dialogue and to influence pro-business changes with business, community and public leaders/officials on the corporate and governmental level. To this end, the division is divided into two inextricable linked sub-divisions, the Business Advocacy and the governmental advocacy.
a. Government Advocacy Division
The East Africa Chamber of Commerce, through its Advocacy division seeks to play an active and important role in protecting the pro-business and trade climate between the two regions, E.A and U.S. By driving public policy on behalf of the business community at the governmental levels, the Advocacy division will represent your interests in the halls of government and is a critical part of your Chamber membership. The EA Chamber’s Advocacy program will ensure members are updated with the latest developments on key issues and mobilized when decisions affecting business comes before various decision-makers. The goal of the Chamber’s grass roots program is to influence trade policy decisions by allowing our members voices to be heard.
b. Diaspora Advocacy
According to USAID, remittances are the second-largest source of financial resources to developing countries just behind foreign direct investment. Of the $158 billion of U.S. total resources flows to the developing world in 2005, 26 percent came from remittances. For instance, in 2005, World Bank estimates that Kenyan Diaspora remittances reached $524 million accounting to 3% of that year GDP. Comparable figures for Uganda in 2006 were $ 845 million, or 9.3 % GDP. These amounts have significantly increased over the years.
Although the E.A Diaspora community engagement with home countries is sizeable, the investment, developmental and political potential for this group remains largely untapped. The Chamber recognizes that by not fully engaging with this community and harnessing its potential, the member countries are missing out an opportunity to increase development impact significantly. As such, to leverage the vast resources of East Africa Diaspora members and partners, the Chamber will work to intensify the flow of knowledge and resources of Diaspora to their home countries in line with our mission to economically empowering and sustaining the member communities.