The East African community Jua Kali / Nguvu Kazi exhibition was started in 1999 at Arusha in Tanzania during the signing of the treaty that established the East African Community .It is a yearly rotational initiative started by the East African community Secretariat In collaboration with the EAC Partner States through the East African Confederation of Informal Sector Organizations (EA-CISO) . the regional exhibition acts as a platform for carrying out marketing initiatives for the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) products and services which has been branded “JUA KALI /NGUVU KAZI”. This exhibition was the 17th since its inception
After the inauguration of the first regional exhibition in Arusha (1999), subsequent exhibitions have been held in Nairobi (2000 and 2001), Kampala (2002), Dar es Salaam (2003) Mombasa (2004), Kampala (2005), Dar es Salaam (2006) ,Nairobi (2007), Kigali (2008), Dar es Salaam (2009), Kampala (2011), Bujumbura (2012), Nairobi (2013) , Kigali (2014), Dar es Salaam (2015) and the 17th Exhibition in Kampala in 2016. The exhibition exposes the MSEs to the vast Regional market of over 140 million people and acts as a platform availing the Micro and Small Entrepreneurs of East African Region new market for their products and bridging-up the technological gaps between them .
The 17th EAC Jua Kali/ Nguvu Kazi exhibition was managed by Mr. Richard Muteti who is the Regional Project Manager and it was held at the UMA exhibition grounds in Kampala Uganda from 5th to 11th DECEMBER, 2016