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EAC Organs set to participate in inaugural Open Day for Arusha-based International Organisation on Saturday

EAC Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 21st November 2017:

Three East African Community Organs – the EAC Secretariat, East African Legislative Assembly and the East African Court of Justice – are set to join other international, regional and sub-regional organizations based in Arusha to participate in the inaugural Open Day for International Organizations scheduled to take place on Saturday, 25th November, 2017 in Arusha.

The Open Day will be held at the premises of the UN-Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT or Mechanism) located in Lakilaki, Arusha.

The Open Day 2017 for International Organizations aims at increasing visibility and raising awareness on the mandates and functions of the respective organizations that make up the international community in Arusha. It is anticipated that the open day will also serve to improve the level of cooperation between the participating organizations and local Government authorities.

The event will further showcase the significance of the city of Arusha at both the regional and international levels.

Arusha is host to a number of key international, regional and sub-regional organizations that have, over the years, made it a prominent judicial, economic, political, tourism and cultural hub in the region. 

Other Arusha-based organizations that will participate in the Open Day include: the MICT, the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Institute of International Law, the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption, the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community, the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), and the Pan African Postal Union.

The MICT has kindly offered to take the lead in the organization and hosting of the inaugural event, which will take place from 10:00 hours to 17:00 hours at the MICT premises at Lakilaki.

Senior Tanzanian government officials, Executives and Staff working in the participating organizations and their families, University students and members of the public are expected to attend the event.

The programme will start with welcoming remarks by the MICT President, Judge Theodor Meron, followed by remarks from the Heads of other international organizations’ and the guest of honour, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Augustine Mahiga, as well as the Regional Commissioner for Arusha and the Lord Mayor of the City of Arusha. The remarks will be followed by a variety of presentations through the course of the day and activities for all age groups.

Visitors will have the unique opportunity to visit the respective stands of the international organizations’ and learn more about the work of these organizations. 

The programme for the day will also include guided tours of the UN-MICT courtroom where a moot court organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross will take place from 14:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs.

Other events planned include the screening of documentaries produced by the MICT External Relations Section and the Outreach Programme of the former International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. 

The EAC Organs will have an exhibition booth where they will display some of its documentaries and promotional materials. Additionally, there will be a Medical Camp and a children’s corner, with activities for young visitors.

Free Snacks and refreshments will be served. There will also be free transport to and from MICT premises at Lakilaki, Arusha. Branded buses (25-seaters) will move around the city with three (3) major routes, namely:

  1. Njiro via Kijenge, Impala, Regional Commissioner’s office (garden), Naaz, friends’ corner, Kilombero market, Mbauda, to MICT;
  2. Sakina, Majengo, Mbauda to MICT, and;
  3. Kimandolu, Phillips, Sanawari, EAC close, Regional Commissioner’s office (garden), friends’ corner, Kilombero market, Mbauda, to MICT.

The Buses will be leaving the starting points and the final destination after every 30 minutes. The trips will be monitored by the members of the organizing committee and the ushers who will be placed at every pick-up point in branded T-shirts to help people identify the buses.

Bus Routes

Regional Workshop on Trade Information Portals underway in Nairobi

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, November 21st, 2017:

A two-day regional workshop on the establishment of Trade Information Portals (TIPs) organised by the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development  (UNCTAD) is currently underway at Crowne Plaza hotel  in Nairobi, Kenya.

Themed “Harnessing transparent trade information for effective trade facilitation in the East African Community,” which will run from 21st to 22nd November, 2017, the objective of the workshop is to assess the progress made in terms of the implementation of TIPs, and to identify how TIPs can best support and help monitor the implementation of national and regional trade facilitation agendas.

The workshop, among other things, specifically seeks to provide a forum for member states to share current status, challenges and achievements on the implementation of TIPs. The workshop will further formulate a regional Trade Facilitation Index and measurable targets for the online publication and simplification of trade procedures.

Also on the agenda of the Workshop will be the public launch of the Kenya Trade Information Portal hosted by the Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade) which is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017.

Participants at the workshop are drawn from each EAC Partner State’s National Trade Facilitation Committee, Single Window Project Coordinator/Customs Officer and the TIPs Project Coordinators.

Note for Editors:

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), adopted by the WTO General Council on 27th November, 2014 came into force on 22nd February, 2017. The TFA aims to create a more efficient trade environment by targeting administrative barriers to trade – unnecessary border inspections, excessive document and data requirements, manual processes, lack of coordination among border authorities and complex and inefficient rules and procedures.

The EAC Secretariat has partnered with UNCTAD to assist, with the financial support of TMEA, EAC Member States efforts to comply with, and benefit from, the provisions of the TFA through a Trade Facilitation Programme. One of the Programme’s key objectives is to increase the transparency of trade procedures by supporting the establishment of national Trade Information Portals (TIP). TIPs are currently being installed in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda while the TIP will be implemented on a larger scale at a later stage in Burundi and South Sudan.

Once they are fully operational under the supervision of the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC), TIPs are expected to provide trade operators with all the necessary regulatory and practical information on import, export and transit procedures, and governments with a powerful tool to simplify procedures and to support improved national trade facilitation policies.

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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

 EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko exchanges signed copies of the financing agreement with H.E. Dr. Detlef Waechter, Germany’s Ambassador to tanzania and the EAC. Looking on are from left the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, Ms. Norzin Grigoleit-Dgayab of the German Embassy and the DSG-Planning and Infrastructure, Eng. Steven Mlote.

Germany contributes Eur 35 million to East African Community for Health and Education

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 20th November, 2017:

The East African Community (EAC) and the Federal Republic of Germany signed a government agreement today in support of health and education in the EAC. EUR 35 million will be invested in vaccination programmes as well as a scholarship programme for East African students.

In appreciation and acknowledgement of the EAC’s efforts to immunize every child, Germany has been supporting the immunization programme in the region in close collaboration with the EAC and Gavi, the vaccine alliance, since 2013. The region has made great progress in introducing new, life-saving vaccines.

However, challenges remain in reaching out to children in remote areas, achieving high coverage rates for newly introduced vaccines and acceptable coverage rates in the new EAC Partner State South Sudan. Therefore, Germany is contributing EUR 30 million to immunization programmes in the EAC with the signed government agreement. The project is successfully being implemented by Gavi, the vaccine alliance, in close collaboration with Unicef, WHO and the Partner States’ immunization programmes. Germany’s total contribution to the EAC immunization programmes thus amounts to a total of EUR 120 million.

Furthermore, Germany will be contributing EUR 5 million to the EAC for a scholarship programme in cooperation with the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA). Goal of this programme is to promote EAC’s regional integration agenda by supporting higher education students and their role in fostering awareness for the East African integration process, creating social change as well as economic growth.

The scholarship programme is designed as a regional approach supporting East African students with academic talent and leadership qualities. Beyond the provision of scholarships, the EAC scholars will be actively promoted through programme activities such as regional leadership seminars and mentoring schemes. After graduation beneficiaries of the EAC Scholarship Programme will become highly-skilled ‘change agents’ for their home communities as qualified professionals with a strong understanding of regional challenges, approaches and expertise in their respective subject fields.

HE Dr. Detlef Wächter, German Ambassador to the East African Community: "The new commitments underline that Germany continues to be a strong partner for the EAC in pushing the integration process forward. Education and health are core pillars of sustainable economic development and we are glad to be able to contribute to that in this regional context."

For almost two decades, Germany has been supporting the EAC through financial as well as technical cooperation. Germany's contribution to the EAC amounts to a total of almost EUR 285 million.

In his remarks, EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko noted that the EAC and the Federal Republic of Germany have been cooperating in different areas with notable achievements being realized.

“These include Health and Pharmaceutical Sectors; Trade and Customs; Promotion of Gender and Education; Monetary harmonization, Institutional Capacity Strengthening and support to the EAC Partnership Fund;” said Amb. Mfumukeko.

The Secretary Genera thanked Germany for her generous support to the EAC, adding that the collaboration between the two parties continues to grow and become stronger.

Also present at the function were the First Secretary and Head of Regional Cooperation (EAC) at the German Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Ms. Norzin Grigoleit-Dagyab, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, the DSG-Planning and Infrastructure, Eng. Steven Mlote and Dr Anthony Kafumbe, the Counsel to the Community.

 

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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

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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



Secretary General of COMESA, Mr Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya receives report of Tripartite Task Force (TTF) from EAC Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko

EAC Hands Over COMESA_EAC-SADC Tripartite Task Force Chairmanship to COMESA

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 18th November, 2017:

The Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko  handed over the Chairmanship of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Task Force (TTF) to Mr Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, the Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) on Friday 17th November, 2017.

Speaking during the handover ceremony , the EAC Secretary General and outgoing Chairperson, Amb Liberat Mfumukeko commended the incoming Chair for the various occasions he was able to step in on his behalf as TTF Chair during some important events that have taken place over the last few months.

“I wish to specifically make reference to the signing ceremonies of the Tripartite Agreement by the Republic of Madagascar and also the Republic of Mauritius’’       

He said during the EAC’s tenure as Chair of the TTF from October 2016 to date, incremental progress has been made towards the realisation of the Tripartite vision of a developmental Free Trade Area that will promote economic development and growth in the 26 Partner States

The outgoing Chair highlighted the progress made during EAC’s  tenure which includes negotiations on all the outstanding Annexes in the Tripartite Agreement; 21 Member States have now signed the Free Trade Area Agreement out of 26; Work and Infrastructure programmes has been developed and was considered during the first Tripartite Ministerial Committee Meeting on Infrastructure.

Amb Mfumukeko informed the participants who attended the ceremony that the Tripartite now entered a new phase towards the realisation of the Tripartite agenda in which the primary focus areas are; concluding the negotiations on the outstanding areas of Agreement such as the Rules of origin and Tariffs, commencing work on Phase 2 negotiations, concluding the Agreement on Movement of Business Person as well as concretizing the ongoing work on the Industrial and Infrastructure Pillars.

I am happy to tell you that all the EAC Partner States have committed to ratifying the Agreement by December, 2017’’

He called for the incoming Chair to address the main challenge which arises from the lack of funds which has had a paralyzing effect on the implementation of the Tripartite work schedules across the board. I am confident that the incoming Chair,  will successfully pursue and deliver on our engagement with the bank and also explore other diversified source for budgetary support’’

On his part, the incoming Chair and Secretary General of COMESA Mr Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya thanked the EAC, as the outgoing chairperson, for the excellent work done and achievements that have been made during her tenure as chairperson.

Speaking on the challenge of funding Mr. Ngwenya informed the meeting that the African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided some financial resources to support efforts aimed at creating awareness on the importance of the Tripartite FTA Agreement and the need to have it ratified by Tripartite Member/Partner States that have signed it in order for it to enter into force.

He disclosed to the participants that the Agreement requires at 14 ratifications before it may become operational and so far it is only Egypt that has ratified with the EAC being in the process of ratification.

The incoming Chair said the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite is in dire need of financial resources to support proceeding with Phase II work as the budgetary support from cooperating partners that supported Phase I work has been exhausted

I am confident that with the concerted effort and support of EAC and SADC in the Tripartite Task Force, the task of mobilizing for resources and clearing outstanding work will be manageable’’

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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

 

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


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