Kampala, Uganda – The legislative process of the East African Community is undertaken through the enactment of Bills which are either initiated by the Council of Ministers or introduced through motions by a Member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). AWEPA, through the EALA Capacity Development Programme, supports the development of Private Member Bills. Recently, AWEPA has funded three experts to work with the EALA Committee on Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources to develop a comprehensive legal framework for the management of cooperative societies in the East African region. This has resulted in the EAC Cooperative Societies Bill which was introduced by Hon. Mike Sebalu during EALA’s Plenary Session in Kampala, Uganda on 22 January 2014. The Bill takes cognizance of article 128 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC in which the EAC Partner States agreed to adopt programmes that strengthen and promote the role of the private sector as an effective force for the development of their economies.