The COMESA Business Council (CBC) is a business member organization, and a private sector institution of COMESA. Established in 2005, under the Treaty CBC is defined as a consultative committee for the business community at the policy organs level. CBC is the recognized regional apex body of the Private Sector and Business Community in the COMESA region. Nine members of the Board of Directors who are Presidents of their respective National Apex Business Associations in COMESA Member States constitutionally manage CBC.
The CBC began its operations as a Secretariat in 2010. It is structured on key focus areas of private sector representation through facilitation of business interests from apex and sectorial business association membership to all levels of policy formulation and decision making in the region, and private sector development in growth sectors that contribute to the overall competitiveness of businesses in regional and global markets
The key objectives of the CBC are to enforce strategic advocacy platforms for the private sector in at least 70 percent of the priority sectors within COMESA region; ensure effective representation of private sector interests in COMESA decision making processes in at least three priority sectors per year; provide timely and strategic business services to regional and international stakeholders on the business environment in the region; to ensure 90 percent of private sector inclusiveness in the regional integration agenda; and ensure that the CBC is a fully membership led and driven Institution by 2018.
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