East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 8th September, 2023: The East African Community (EAC) has hailed the decision by the Republic of Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania to waive the requirements of obtaining visas to their territories for the citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) effective 25th August and 1st September, 2023 respectively.
DRC has subsequently lifted visa restrictions for Kenyan nationals effective 1st September, 2023 in a reciprocation of the move by Kenya to waive visa requirements for DRC nationals.
The EAC Secretary General, Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki, said that allowing DRC citizens to travel freely to Kenya and Tanzania and vice versa was in line with the provisions of the EAC Common Market Protocol, which among other freedoms and rights, provides for the free movement of persons and workers across the region.
Bujumbura, Burundi, 8th September, 2023: The 12th Annual East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Forum (EAQAN) is currently underway in Bujumbura, Burundi under the theme: “Nurturing Emerging Trends in Higher Education through quality Assurance”.
The Forum, which kicked off on 5th September, 2023, provides an opportunity to higher education professionals, experts and other stakeholders in East African Community to reflect on the place of quality assurance in nurturing emerging trends in higher education not only in the region, but the continent and beyond.
…ICT experts and stakeholders challenged to unleash the potential of every individual by facilitating affordable access to the Internet
East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 6th September , 2023: The 10th Edition of the East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EA-IGF) convened in Kigali, Rwanda with a call for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) experts in the region to take proactive steps towards ensuring that the internet continues to be a force for positive change in the region.
Jointly hosted by the East African Community and Rwanda Ministry of ICT and Innovation through the Rwanda Internet Community and Technology Alliance (RICTA), the Forum was convened under the theme: The Internet We Want – Empowering All People in East Africa. The theme is in line with the over-arching global Internet Governance Forum 2023 theme: The Internet We Want.
The 12th Ordinary Session of the EAC Council of Ministers in the year 2006, approved the Regional East African Health and Scientific Conference & International Health Exhibition and Trade Fair to be convened in East Africa and hosted on a rotational basis by the EAC Partner States through their respective National Ministries responsible for EAC Affairs, the Ministry responsible for Health, and other relevant institutions and bodies, and in close collaboration with regional and international health-related NGOs, civil society organizations, individuals, and other stakeholders in the region.
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 1st September, 2023: The 8th East African Community University Student’s Debate on regional integration will be held from 18th to 19th October, 2023 in Bujumbura, Burundi under the theme: “EAC integration, peacebuilding and youth participation”.
The objective of the EAC University Debate is to enhance youth participation in the EAC integration agenda and processes. The debates and subsequent sensitization activities create an enabling environment for not only students and youth to play an active role in the integration process but offer space that enables them to learn more about the benefits, challenges and opportunities from the EAC integration.
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 26th August, 2023: The East African Community Competition Authority (EACCA) organized capacity building workshops on regional competition policy aimed at integrating various stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into the EAC.
The Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) in charge of the National Economy, Hon. Vital Kamerhe, received the delegation from EACCA led by the Registrar, Ms. Lilian Kajuju Mukoronia.
Hon. Kamerhe said that the interests and destinies of African countries are interlinked hence the need to work for cooperation in order to promote economic development for all countries even as he affirmed that the Competition policy was important as it creates a conducive environment for investors in the Community.
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 22nd August, 2023: Negotiations between the East African Community (EAC) and the Federal Republic of Somalia for the entry of Somalia into the EAC begun in earnest in Nairobi, Kenya today.
The nine-day negotiations have brought together experts from the seven (7) EAC Partner States, the EAC Secretariat, East African Legislative Assembly and East African Court of Justice, and their counterparts from the Federal Republic of Somalia.
East African Court of Justice, 22nd August 2023: The Chairperson of the Summit of the East African Community Heads of State, H.E Évariste Ndayishimiye, has today, at the Ntare State House in Bujumbura, officiated over the swearing in ceremony of the newly appointed Judge of the East African Court of Justice in the Appellate Division, Hon. Justice Omar Othman Makungu from the United Republic of Tanzania.
OPENING SESSION OF THE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE EAC AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA (FRS) ON THE ADMISSION OF FRS INTO THE EAC
WHEN: Tuesday, 22nd August, 2023
WHERE: Kenya School of Government, Lower Kabete, Nairobi, Kenya
TIME: 8.00 am – 09.30 am (EAT)
East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 17th August, 2023: The East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, on Wednesday flagged off 22 cyclists who are participating in the 2023 edition of the Great African Cycling Safari (GACS) that will take them across five Partner States, namely Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.
The cyclists who are on the third leg of their tour that will take them to Tanga, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma before heading to Burundi will cover a total of 6,000 km by the time their trip ends in Uganda in mid-September. The cyclists were flagged off in Jinja, Uganda on 1st August, 2023. More than 1,000 cyclists are expected to join the core cycling team at different stages as they ride across the Partner States.