As the regional integration among member states of the East African Community (EAC) takes shape. However, in order to facilitate the local professionals to tap regional opportunities, Private Sector Federation decided to intervene with a new twist.
To realize this, PSF organized a one-day breakfast meeting with all the liberal professionals in the country to discuss on various issues including self-regulations and how strategically to negotiate the regional Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs).
Four professional bodies have already signed the MRAs including engineers, architects, veterinary and accountants with more expected to come on board with the PSF support.
The MRAs are gateways for local professionals to access the regional market and operate freely without any hindrances. This will not only create a conducive working environment but also creates employment opportunities for the regional practitioners.
“We want our local professionals to move and operate without any impediments,” said Gerald Mukubu the PSF chief Advocacy officer while talking to the participants. “We want more MRAs signed at the regional level and this will strategically provide equal opportunities for the regional citizens,” he added.
An MRA is a legal instrument signed between similar professional associations originating from different countries, to enable a professional from a home country to be automatically recognized and allowed to practice as a professional in a host country. Any professional qualification issued in the home country becomes automatically recognized in the host country.
EAC Partner States understand that to facilitate cross border professional practice, MRAs have to be concluded as envisaged by the EAC Common Market Protocol.
During the discussions, participants raised various pertinent issues on how they can strategically and collectively work for the common goals as the integrations deepens.
However, Rwandan professional to access the regional market decently, they have to ensure that all the requirements are set in place.
“We cannot tap into the regional market when we are not organized,” Fred Seka the chairperson of chamber of liberal professionals said during the event. “We need to come together and agree all the modalities on how organize ourselves before we enter the market,” he mentioned while addressing the congregation.
Conclusion of MRAs in the EAC shall enable consumers to benefit from a larger choice of services, while also building competitiveness amongst those very services.
In addition, institutions in EAC Partner States will have an opportunity to learn from each other and exchange regulatory and policy experience.