The EAC is continually building partnerships to develop its infrastructure. These include engaging with various development partners and other regional blocs to bring to fruition a number of infrastructure projects coordinated by the Directorate of Planning and Infrastructure.
Collaboration in the framework of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite arrangement is ongoing for projects in the roads, railways, civil aviation and communications sectors. The main infrastructure activities under the Tripartite are the implementation of the North South Corridor and the development of similar corridor initiatives covering other corridors.
Priority meteorological projects include:
Currently, there are only six synoptic stations along the shores of the lake at Bukoba, Musoma, Mwanza, Jinja, Entebbe and Kisumu. There is not a single observing station over the vast waters of the Lake. Environmental issues such as pollution need to be given due attention to ensure sustainable utilisation of the lake resources, hence the necessity to deploy monitoring equipment for pollution.
The project is expected to enhance weather observation and dissemination networks and weather forecasting capabilities over the Lake as well as develop human capacity for meteorological services over Lake Victoria.
The EAC region is affected by a range of weather- and climate-related hazards that often translate into natural disasters - principally arising from drought, severe storms, tropical cyclones, floods and the recent Tsunami. These and other weather- and climate-related disasters account for over 80% of the natural disasters affecting the region.
The National Meteorological Services (NMS) in each Partner State have the responsibility of providing early warning information for the protection of property and safety of life. However, the current infrastructural capacities of the NMS in providing early warning information for disaster risk reduction is inadequate.
The project aims to strengthen linkages between National Meteorological Services and Disaster Management Departments, Early Warning Units and other key sectors impacted by climate variability as well as expand climate observing stations and strengthen monitoring and prediction of droughts and floods.
Due to the inadequacy of the current data processing and forecasting facilities in the Partner States, this project aims at developing strategies that will ensure the establishment and improvement of data processing and forecasting systems.
Coordinating, harmonising and complementing transport and communications policies; improving and expanding the existing transport and communication links; and establishing new ones as a means of furthering the physical cohesion of the Partner States, so as to facilitate and promote the movement of traffic within the Community.