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The East African Community Competition Authority and Rwanda Inspectorate, Competition and Consumer Protection Authority sign Bilateral Agreement

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 15th February, 2024: The East African Community Competition Authority (the EACCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rwanda’s Inspectorate, Competition and Consumer Protection Agency (RICA) to strengthen cooperation between the two authorities in the advancement of competition policy and law in the East African Community. The signing took place on the sidelines of the EAC Stakeholder Merger Workshop held in Kigali on 12-13 February, 2024.

The MoU will ensure that implementation of EACCA and RICA mandates and activities will foster joint efforts in addressing competition and consumer protection matters while enhancing regional integration and cross-border trade.

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EAC Partner States reaffirm their commitment to advancing renewable energy sources and addressing fossil fuel challenges in the region

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 14th February, 2024: East African Community (EAC) Partner States have reaffirmed their commitment to enhance energy efficiency and exploit wind, solar and geothermal energy as sustainable energy sources for the region.

Partner States have subsequently embarked on various initiatives in an effort to tap into the potential of renewable energy and energy conservation, such as review of national renewable energy laws, implementation of energy management regulations, national strategies and standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and promotion of energy efficiency and conservation.

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16th Sectoral Council on Energy currently underway in Arusha

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 13th February, 2024:  The 16th Meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers on Energy is currently underway at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The three-day Sectoral Council meeting started with the Session of Senior Officials on 12th February, 2014. The Session of the Coordination Committee that brings together Permanent/Principal/Under Secretaries planned for 13th February, 2024 while the Cabinet Secretaries/Ministers’ session will be held on Wednesday 14th February, 2024.

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EAC experts adopt strategies to boost the region's agricultural, pharmaceutical and leather sectors

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 12th February, 2024: East African Community (EAC) regional experts in the agricultural, pharmaceutical, and leather sectors convened in Nairobi, Kenya, to review the progress achieved within their respective industries and to formulate recommendations aimed at enhancing growth and scaling up regional trade.

The two-day workshop dubbed ‘Regional Focal Persons Workshop to Monitor the Implementation of the EAC Fruits & Vegetables; Leather & Leather Products; and Pharmaceutical Sectors Strategies and Action Plans’ comprised of experts from EAC Partner States, the EAC Secretariat, East African Business Council and representatives from GIZ/GFA.

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Group photo of Ministers and other officials who attended the 43rd SCTIFI at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha.

EAC embarks on use of Mobile App to eliminate NTBs

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 12th February, 2024: The East African Community Secretariat and Partner States have been directed to operationalise the EAC Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) Mobile Application including sensitisation by 30th April, 2024.

Making the directive, the Ministerial Session of the 43rd EAC Sectoral Council on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (SCTIFI) that was held at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania further commended Trademark Africa for supporting the development of the EAC Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) Mobile Application.

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EAC delegation visits ECOWAS Commission on a benchmarking mission

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania: 8th February, 2024:  From 5th to 6th February 2024, a high-level delegation of the East African Community (EAC), led by Hon. Andrea Aguer Ariik Malueth, the Deputy Secretary General in charge of the Infrastructure, Productive, Social and Political Sectors, paid a visit to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria on a benchmarking mission in order to enhance integration in East Africa.

The EAC Delegation was received by H.E. Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, the President of the ECOWAS Commission. In his address, Dr. Touray highlighted the importance of collaborations among the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), adding that “it is good we learn from each other.”

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43rd Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment underway in Arusha, Tanzania

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania: 5th February, 2024: The 43rd Meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (SCTIFI) is currently underway at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The five-day SCTIFI meeting started with the Session of Senior Officials that runs from Monday, 5th to 7th February, 2024. The Session of the Coordination Committee that brings together Permanent/Principal/Under Secretaries is slated Thursday, 8th February, 2024 while the Cabinet Secretaries/Ministers’ session will be held on Friday, 9th February, 2024.

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EAC reaffirms its commitment to restoration of peace in Eastern DRC

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 27th January, 2024: The East African Community (EAC) has reaffirmed its commitment to ongoing efforts to restore peace and stability to the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

EAC Secretary General Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki said that the lessons learned from the deployment of the EAC Regional Force (EACRF) presents opportunities for the Community to strengthen its role as the primary guarantor of peace and security in the region through the Institutionalisation of the EACRF’s achievements.

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EAC Health Ministers adopt a Regional Policy Framework for the supply and production of antibiotics

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 26th January, 2024: EAC Ministers in charge of Health have endorsed a regional policy framework aimed at promoting antibiotics production and a collaborative mechanism for information exchange in the production and supply of antibiotics across the region.

The 44th EAC Ordinary Council of Ministers endorsed this framework following multistakeholder consultations at the national and regional level as well as sensitization meetings with senior officials including Permanent Secretaries of Ministries responsible for health and industry. The project engaged over 300 stakeholders from both public and private sectors across the region.

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EAC calls for cross-border cooperation to counter terrorism and transnational organised crime

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 26th January, 2024: The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Infrastructure, Productive, Social and Political Sectors, Hon. Andrea Aguer Ariik Malueth has called on Partner States to strengthen cross-border cooperation to counter terrorism and transnational organised crime in the region in order to facilitate the free movement of goods, persons, labour, services and capital.

He noted one of the key areas of the EAC integration process is to promote and strengthen peace and security in the region and good neighborliness as per Article 124 of the Treaty that established the EAC. 

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