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Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development

On February 22, 2018
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The Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development brings together two events namely the 4th EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure Financing and Development and the 1st EAC Summit on Investment in Health and Health Sector Investors and Donor Round Table and International Exhibition. The Heads of State Retreat aims at accelerating the attainment of the objectives of the EAC Development Strategy, Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals in the infrastructure and health sectors.

Background to the 4th EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure Financing and Development
The EAC Heads of State retreats on infrastructure development and financing aim at supporting infrastructure development to facilitate regional integration and socio-economic development in the EAC.  To date, three retreats have been held so far, in 2008, 2012 and 2014. During the 2nd Retreat, the Heads of State institutionalized the retreat on infrastructure development and financing to be held once every two years.
Through the Heads of State Retreat, several projects in transport, energy and civil aviation have been identified for development at the regional level and resources mobilized for their implementation.
The Council endorsed the convening of the 4th Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure Development and Financing as part of the proceedings of the 19th Summit of the EAC Heads of State (EAC/CM35/Decision 49).

Background to the 1st EAC Heads of State Summit on Investment in Health and Health Sector Investors’ and Donors’ Round Table and International Exhibition
The 1st EAC Heads of State Summit on Investment in Health is the first and biggest ever event of the EAC Heads of State on matters of health. Convening of the 1st Summit on Investment in Health was recommended in June 2016 by the 12th Sectoral Council on Health and subsequently adopted in April 2017 by the 35th Meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers (EAC/CM 35/Decision 63).

Convening of the event is in recognition of the fact that the EAC region is undergoing major public health transformations fueled by changing human-animal-environmental interactions, population dynamics and socio-economic development. The region, like other low and middle-income regions, is experiencing a concurrent triple burden of common infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis and maternal and child health complications; non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancers; and epidemic and pandemic diseases related to increasing globalization, trade and climate change.

Background to the Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development
The previous EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure Financing and Development provided high-level political push for investments in major infrastructure projects in the region. The EAC seeks to replicate this support for the health sector so as to advance the health and wellbeing of East Africans.

For practical/logistical and efficiency reasons and given the limited time for the heads of state to address numerous yet equally heavy agenda items, the EAC Secretariat and Partner States have opted to combine the events through a “Joint Retreat of the EAC Heads of State on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development” which is scheduled for 22nd February 2018 The joint retreat will be preceded by the separate infrastructure and health sector investors’ and donors’ roundtables on 21st February 2018. An international infrastructure and health exhibition has been organized for both 21st and 22nd February 2018.

The separate donor round tables will be held at ministerial level to generate refined outcome documents that will subsequently be presented to the Joint Retreat of the EAC Heads of State on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development.

During the Retreat, Partner States will have an opportunity to showcase prioritized projects and engage with prospective investors for project uptakes. Therefore, the Retreat is expected to give impetus to infrastructure and health development by way of possible funding commitments, political support to flagship projects, possible Public Private Partnership arrangements and a projects implementation roadmap.

International, regional, national and private sector institutions in infrastructure, health and allied sectors are welcome to participate in in the International Trade Fair and Exhibitions. Such institution will include but not limited to hospitals, pharmaceutical manufactures, colleges, universities and other health professional training and health research institutions. Likewise, ports, railways, airlines, contractors, investment banks and telecommunication companies will be given an opportunity to showcase their products and services. The International Trade Fair and Exhibitions will also be open Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and individual entrepreneurs.


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