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Postponement of the Joint EAC heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 16th November, 2017:

The EAC Secretariat regrets to announce the postponement of the Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development that was scheduled for 28th to 29th November in Kampala, Uganda.

This postponement comes following consultations and guidance from the Chairperson of the EAC Heads of State Summit, H.E President Yoweri Museveni. Convening the Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health

Development and Financing as earlier planned will coincide with the African Union Heads of State - European Union Summit due in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 29th to 30th November 2017, where the EAC Heads of State are expected to attend.In a bid to give way for effective dialogue at both events for the benefit of the East African region, the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in collaboration with Partner States are working on rescheduling the Retreat and a final decision on the new dates shall be communicated in due course.
 
The papers and registrations for participants and exhibitors received will retain an active status until the rescheduled date.

We greatly appreciate your support and understanding. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information on the Joint Retreat, visit the retreat website:  www.eacihr17.eac.int

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 2008:9001 Certified

 The Commissioner of Internal Trade Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in Uganda, Mr Agaba Raymond addressing the meeting as EAC Director General Customs and Trade ,Mr Kenneth Bagamuhunda looks on.

EAC Sectoral Council on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment Starts in Arusha

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 13th November, 2017:

The EAC Sectoral Council on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (SCTIFI) kicked off at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania today.

The SCTIFI meeting, which will run from 13th November to 17 November, 2017, has drawn participants from all EAC Partner States namely: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The five-day meeting, which began with the Session of Senior Officials, will also include the Session of the Coordination Committee (comprising Permanent/Principal/Under Secretaries) and culminate with the Session of Ministers.

High on the agenda of the meeting are the consideration of Progress Reports on; status of the implementation of previous decision; update on the EAC-EU-EPA; AGOA Out of Cycle Review; Sectoral Committee on Investment and the Committee on Customs.

The meeting will also consider: implementation of the EAC Common Market Scorecard recommendations;  Committee on Industry and small and medium enterprises sector and Withdrawal of Stay of Application on Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and use of Common External Tariff ( CET).

Speaking during the official opening session on behalf of the EAC Secretary General,  Amb Liberat Mfumukeko, the Director General -Customs and Trade, Mr Kenneth Bagamuhunda said SCTIFI is one of the crucial and critical organ which sets directions and momentum of the integration agenda in the sector.

Mr. Bagamuhunda expressed the EAC Secretariat's commitment to work together with Partner States to spur efforts towards strengthening the regional integration agenda.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 2008:9001 Certified

Four-Day Training Workshop of RSS Media Practioners on EAC Integration comes to a close

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 10th November, 2017:

A four-day training workshop of media practitioners from the Republic of South Sudan on the East African Community integration came to a close Friday at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The workshop, which attracted participation from 23 Public Communications Officers and journalists from media houses in South Sudan, is part of efforts by the EAC Secretariat to build capacity for RSS stakeholders in the integration process and ensure the smooth entry of the world’s youngest nation into the Community.

Among the resolutions at the end of the workshop was that the Government of South Sudan should urgently strengthen the communications function in its Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs and equip it with the tools and resources that will improve access to information on EAC by the media.

It was further agreed that the EAC Secretariat in close collaboration with the RSS Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs avails updated documents and timely information to the media for purposes of sensitizing citizens of South Sudan on the integration process.

It was resolved that media houses encourage objective, accurate and responsible coverage of EAC issues free of distortion of facts on the integration.   

It was also agreed that public educational materials on the EAC integration and its benefits be developed and distributed to members of the public and other stakeholders in South Sudan.

The objective of the workshop that was organised by the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with GIZ, the German Technical Cooperation Agency, was to engage Public Communications Officers and journalists from South Sudan with a view to enhancing their understanding and appreciation of the integration process.

In remarks read on his behalf by the Director of Infrastructure at the EAC Secretariat during the closing session of the workshop, Dr. Kamugisha Kazaura, EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko said that the integration of RSS into the Community would not only bring tangible political, socio-cultural and economic benefits to the South Sudan but to the region as a whole.

“The enlargement of the Community will invariably increase intra-regional trade; cross-border investment; elimination of non-tariff barriers to trade, and; enhance economic growth within the region. Our countries stand a better chance to create a globally competitive East Africa as envisioned by the Founding Fathers,” said Amb. Mfumukeko.

Amb. Mfumukeko urged the participants to be at the forefront in promoting the EAC integration in to the people of South Sudan.

“As communication cum media practitioners, you will be at the frontline of efforts by the EAC to sensitize the people of South Sudan on the integration process. I urge you to be good ambassadors of the EAC by reporting effectively and with accuracy on EAC issues,” said the Secretary General.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 2008:9001 Certified

Four-day Training for South Sudan Media Professionals begins in Arusha

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 7th November, 2017:

A four-day training workshop on the East African Community integration process for Public Communications Officers and journalists from media houses in the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) kicked off at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania today.

The workshop is part of a comprehensive capacity building programme on the integration process to enhance the young nation’s integration into the Community.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Infrastructure, Eng. Kamugisha Kazaura, at the official opening of the workshop, EAC Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, said that the Community had put in place a roadmap to gradually integrate the world’s youngest nation into the Community’s structures, programmes and activities.

“The capacity building programme for RSS government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and other stakeholders will focus on all aspects around the EAC integration,” said Amb. Mfumukeko.

He said that the EAC Heads of State Summit had at their 18th Ordinary Meeting held in Dar es Salaam on 20th May, 2017 appointed a judge from South Sudan to sit on the bench of the First Instance Division of the East African Court of Justice which is based in Arusha.

“RSS will later appoint a judge to the Court’s Appellate Division once the relevant laws are amended to raise the number of judges from five to six. RSS has also appointed a Defence Liaison Officer to the EAC Secretariat as is required of all Partner States,” said the Secretary General.

“The Judiciary in the RSS also agreed to provide space for the EACJ to establish a sub-registry like is the case in the capital cities of the other EAC Partner States,” said Amb. Mfumukeko, adding that the sub-registry would enable any person who files a case with the Court to do so in Juba without traveling all the way to Arusha.

On the East African Legislative Assembly, the Secretary General disclosed that the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly had already elected nine Members of Parliament to represent the country in the Assembly.

“The Assembly will start its business the moment the Republic of Kenya finalizes the election of the country’s MPs to the regional Parliament,” he said.

The training has drawn nine Public Communication Officers from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and 14 reporters/editors from various media houses in South Sudan. The objective of the training is to actively engage the participants with a view to enhancing their appreciation of the EAC integration process.

The Secretary General singled out the media as a strategic ally in the integration process saying that the Community would always endeavour to strengthen its relationship with the media for efficient communication.

He said that the EAC has overtime organised media training workshops on specific sectors and specialized matters on the integration so that journalists can report EAC issues effectively and with accuracy.

“The mass media are powerful tools for raising awareness on various issues. The media therefore stand out as a special stakeholder group that ought to be educated if the EAC integration message is to trickle down to opinion leaders at the grassroots,” he said.

In his remarks, the GIZ Programmes Officer, Mr. Bernd Multhaup, said that there was a lot of information coming out of the EAC daily in various sectors including education, culture, ICT, political affairs, tourism, among other areas.

“I urge you to be creative, investigative and honest in delivering content to the public. Responsible journalism is at the centre of building nations, fostering peace and unity among the different stakeholders and this can be of particular benefit to a young nation like yours and East Africa,” Mr. Multhaup told the participants.

Noting that regional integration was a process that would take time, Multhaup urged the participants to lobby their government, the civil society, citizens and other non-state actors to join in, and create a powerful knowledge base on the benefits of EAC integration. 

“Today, a unique training starts, especially focused on building your capacities as editors, journalists and communication officers. Take advantage of this opportunity and challenge your writing and reporting skills,” he said.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 2008:9001 Certified

Preparations for the Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development in high gear

EAC Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 7th November 2017:

Preparations are in high gear for the Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development slated for 29th November 2017 at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala Uganda.

Convened under the Theme Deepening and Widening Regional Integration in Infrastructure and Health Sector Development in the EAC Partner States, the Joint Retreat will be the first engagement of the EAC Heads of State to address health issues and the fourth on matters of infrastructure financing and development.

The Joint 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 as well as the development of a projects implementation roadmap.

On Infrastructure matters, the Heads of State are expected to address the development of quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure and quicker delivery of the same, including regional and trans-border infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all. In addition the Heads of State will discuss rapid enhancement of transport efficiency in the EAC through the development of interconnected multimodal transport systems (rail, road, pipelines, inland waterways, airports and seaports among others), which would result in the reduction of transportation costs and times and improved movement of the factors of production. 

With regard to the health sector, the Heads of State Retreat will seek to build consensus on regional health sector investment priorities for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals; Mobilize investments for the identified health sector priorities; as well as revitalize regional partnerships and linkages for improved health outcomes in the EAC Partner States.

The Joint Retreat will be preceded by separate Infrastructure and Health sector Investors’ and Development Partners’/Donor’s roundtables scheduled for 28th November 2017 at the same venue. The sub-themes for the infrastructure and health sector components are, Enhancing Infrastructure Development to Facilitate Trade and Accelerate Industrialization in the EAC” and “Investing in Health Infrastructure, Systems, Services and Research for the Accelerated Attainment of Universal Health Coverage and Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals” respectively.

The Retreat Programme includes an Infrastructure and Health Sector International Exhibition that will run from 28th to 29th November, also at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala Uganda. The Exhibition will provide a platform for players in the Infrastructure and Health sectors to showcase new products and services as well as exhibit the latest advances in research and innovation.

Exhibitors will include Pharmaceutical and Medical Technologies Manufactures and Dealers; Health Insurance Providers; Regional Centres of Excellence for Healthcare; Network of Reference Laboratories; Traditional/alternative Medicine Producers, Infrastructure Contractors (Ports, Railways, Airlines, Oil and Gas); Investment Banks; Telecommunication Companies; Civil Society Organizations; Community Based Organizations; Private Sector; Academic and Research Institutions; as well as Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies among many others.

The Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development is being organized by the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the EAC Partner States and leading international and regional Development Partners.

For more information on the Joint Retreat, visit the retreat website:  www.eacihr17.eac.int

 

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 2008:9001 Certified

 


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