(eTN) – The Chief Executive of the Kenya Tourism Federation, Mrs. Agatha Juma, was over the weekend elected to the Board of the East African Business Council (EABC) in Arusha, the main private sector representative body at the level of the East African Community (EAC).
Her election signals the greater recognition of tourism as a key pillar of the East African economies, and a main contributor to FDI, job creation, and foreign exchange earnings. From information at hand she is the only tourism representative on the Board of the EABC from among the five member states of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi.
As a member of the Board of the East African tourism platform, East Africa’s regional private sector umbrella organization for the national tourism associations and their membership at large, she is now uniquely positioned to help shape the EABC’s way forward, vis-a-vis tourism, for the next year, as all elected officials have a one-year term of office. The chairmanship of the EABC is held for the next 12 months by Kenya’s Vimal Shah, the CEO of regional oil and edible fats giant BIDCO who is also Chairman of Kenya’s Private Sector Alliance. The chair is a rotating position among member states to ensure equal opportunities for leadership for each country.
Congratulations to Agatha Juma and all the best for the year ahead on the Board of the East African Business Council.