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EAC-GIZ to Conduct Advanced Training on Regional Integration Reporting in Bujumbura, Burundi PDF Print E-mail


Application deadline is  2nd November


East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 20 October, 2011: The East African Community Secretariat in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), formerly GTZ and the Deutsche Welle Akademie, is to conduct an advanced training on regional integration reporting between 23 November and 3 December in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The training is meant to achieve greater knowledge and understanding of the concept of regional integration in general and of the Organs, Institutions and policies of the EAC.

The training is also aimed at enhancing the journalistic skills of the reporters when covering regional integration issues. The training programme will bring together 15 senior to middle-level journalists, three from each Partner State, working in newspapers, magazines, online publications, news agencies, radio and television.

"This is the third EAC-GIZ joint training, but the first advanced training, and the journalists will learn how to transfer their knowledge of EAC matters into their practical work. In fact, in this session the selected journalists will have a practical stint to cover the First Lake Tanganyika Basin Development Conference (unlocking the overflowing trade and Investment opportunities in the Basin), the climax of East African Legislative Assembly’s (EALA) 10th Anniversary, the official opening of the EAC Council of Ministers meeting and the Summit of Heads of State all taking place within the same period in Bujumbura,’’ according to the EAC Head of Department of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Mr. Owora Richard Othieno.

He added the training is part of continuous efforts of the EAC Secretariat to enable journalists in the region to share the best practices in disseminating regional integration information and empowering the media to report as accurately and widely as possible.

The training will also offer the participants an opportunity to do networking with their colleagues in the region.

The application for the advanced training programme is now open and the deadline is 2 November, 2011. The short listing and decision for admission to the training programme will be done by the GIZ Headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Candidates who had attended the previous two trainings will have an added advantage in the selection criteria. Applicants should route their requests through their employers and forward the application letters and the CV (by email only) to Hedwig Crusius This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and copied to Mr. Owora Richard Othieno: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Accommodation and half boarding for the successful participants will be borne by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).Employers of successful candidates are requested to take over or contribute to the international travel costs to and from Bujumbura. If the employing agency is not able to contribute, GIZ is-- upon request by the EAC Secretariat—to provide return tickets to Bujumbura from the nearest international airport in the respective home country.


EAC and the Media

The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organization of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Burundi with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The EAC's vision is a prosperous, competitive, secure, stable and politically united East Africa; and the Mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and culture integration in order to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa. The EAC aims at widening and deepening cooperation among the Partner States in, among others, political, economic and social fields for their mutual benefit.

With a population of over 140 million and growing, the media plays a critical role in communicating EAC and bringing out the news to the world. While every EAC citizen has the ability to spread the message of East African integration, not all citizens have the luxury the media has: The access to be in regional frontline of happenings. The people of EAC continue to depend on the media’s curiosity, persistence and integrity to communicate the message and spirit of East African integration. As such, the media should continue to enhance the quality and professionalism of reporting.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

In the spirit of partnership, GIZ supports people and societies in developing, transition and industrialized countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) GmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Technical Cooperation) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ is also engaged in international education work around the globe.

GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. In Germany it maintains its presence in nearly all the Federal States with registered offices in Bonn and Eschborn. GIZ employs approximately 17,000 staff members worldwide, more than 60 % of whom are local personnel.


For more information please contact: Owora Richard Othieno, Head of Department; Corporate Communications and Public Affairs; Tel: 255-768-835021; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania



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