East African Employers Organisation (EAEO)

Organizational background

The East African Employers Organisation (EAEO) is a special fraternity of employers that was established in 2010 and legally registered in 2011 with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

In a meeting held in Kampala, Uganda, from 23rd to 24th February 2010, the Chairpersons and Executive Directors of Employers Organizations of Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar, took cognizance of the existing gap and inadequacy in the representation of employers views from member states of the EAC. The meeting participants unanimously agreed that in order to be able to adequately articulate employers’ issues in the East African Community there was need of establishing a regional Employers’ Organization thus fulfilling the spirit of tripartism, enshrined in several conventions of the International Labour Organization, which member states have ratified.

The core mandate of EAEO is to promote the interests of employers at the regional level. Over the past few years of its existence EAEO has changed from being a platform within the East African Business Council (EABC) into a fully fledged organisation with two full time coordinators based in Arusha supported by two technical advisors based at the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) and the Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE).


EAEO Core Agenda


Higher level of employers’ competitiveness and prosperity of the East African Community


To promote and protect employers interests through representation, lobbing and advocacy for sustainable enterprise, and an integrated labour market to facilitate a better quality of life.

Strategic objectives

  1. To lobby and advocate for a conducive business environment
  2. To enhance EAEO visibility, branding and membership engagement
  3. To develop and strengthen strategic partnership for promoting employers interests
  4. To fast track the sustainability of EAEO as a regional body

Core values

  1. Professionalism
  2. Integrity
  3. Openness
  4. Inclusivity

Lobbying and advocacy priorities

The main priority of lobbing for EAEO is labour and employment matters and the focus issues are identified as follows:

  • Legal and regulatory environment reforms
  • Institutionalization of tripartism at EAC level
  • Free movement of labour
  • Social security
  • Skills development

In addition, EAEO also engage in other matters related to trade and investment, red tape, climate change, financial markets, infrastructure development, monetary union, and others that are of interest to employers.