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All set for 48th East African Revenue Authorities Commissioners General Assembly

East African Community, Arusha, Tanzania: November 9th, 2020: The 48th East African Revenue Authorities Commissioners General’s (EARACGs) meeting to discuss experiences and address challenges facing tax administrations in the region will be held virtually on 11th November, 2020.

The meeting themed Rethink, Restart and Reinvent: Our Road to Recovery”, will concentrate on lessons learnt by the EAC Partner States during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the innovative approaches that will shore up revenue in the region.

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a) Introduction

1. The conference was held to commemorate 20 years of the East African Community and 15 years of the East African Customs Union. The overarching goal of the conference was to have an open, honest and critical self-examination as a region, with regard to what has been achieved, what has worked and what needs to be done to move the regional integration forward as well as improving the EAC trade policy and other instruments. The outputs of the conference are key to making EAC an attractive investment bloc, boost industrialization, infrastructure development as well as embracing emerging technologies for economic development. The future of the EAC can only be assured if there is continued support by all Partner States, both at policy formulation and implementation levels.

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EAC High Level Trade Integration Conference kicks off in Nairobi

East African Community Secretariat, 26th September, 2019: Nairobi:  The East African Community High Level Trade Integration Conference themed “Enhancing Trade Integration in the East African Community” kicked off Wednesday at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Addressing the participants, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for EAC and Regional Development, Mr. Adan Mohamed, said the region had made tremendous progress in the realm of trade facilitation including the transformation of Customs processes, the introduction of technology in driving regional business, re-orienting border operations under the coordinated border management concept, and re-engineering immigration procedures.

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The Executive Director of the East African Business Council, Hon Peter Mathuki (left), at the media briefing. With him are Kenya's EAC Principal Secretary Dr. Margret Mwakima and Mr. Kenneth Bagamuhunda, the Director General, Customs and Trade at the EAC Secretariat.

All set for High Level Trade Integration Conference in Nairobi

East African Community Secretariat, 24th September, 2019: Nairobi: All is set for the High Level Trade Integration Conference that is due to take place from 25th to 27th September, 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Secretary in the Ministry of EAC and Regional Development, Dr. Margret Mwakima disclosed that the conference it was anticipated that the Conference would be attended by more than 300 key players from the East African region, International and Regional Economic Communities, exhibitors, stakeholders and Government officials.

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8th African Union - Regional Economic Communities Sub-Committee Meeting underway in Arusha

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 20th February, 2019: The sub-committee  meeting on Customs Cooperation organized by  African Union Commission(AUC) together with Regional Economic Communities(RECs) is underway at the Gold Crest Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania.

The main objective of the sub-committee meeting is to exchange ideas on various Trade Facilitation  activities being, undertaken by respective  RECs, as well as to ensure the proper coordination of projects, programmes and activities between the Customs Departments  of the RECs and the Customs Cooperation Division of the Commission.

The three-day meeting will also  provide updates with regards to the adoption of the AU Wide Trade Facilitation Strategy by the relevant Policy Organs of the AU. Furthermore, meeting will identify areas of cooperation, the form of cooperation and where possible, consider undertaking joint activities.

Speaking during the official opening session Director of Trade at the EAC Secretariat, Alhaj Rashid Kibowa said the sub-committee meeting on Customs Cooperation is an opportunity for AUC and RECs to strengthening cooperation on matters regarding Customs.

He urged the participants to discuss in details matters of  cooperation in Customs and come up with the way forward so as to enable proper coordination among the  RECs to avoid duplication and mainly to put in good use the limited resources available.

Notes to Editor

The 8th AUC/RECs Sub Committee Meeting on Customs Cooperation meeting is organized following  recommendations of the 7th AUC-RECs sub -committee held in Casablanca, Morocco in April 2018 in order to promote Trade Facilitation on the Continent. 

During the 7th Meeting, the RECs presented  and shared respective areas of interventions. The 7th Meeting also considered the Draft African Union Trade Facilitation Strategy, which was subsequently presented for considering  by AUSCDGCs during their 10th Ordinary Session held in Moron,Comos in September 2018.


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Mr Owora Richard Othieno
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EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
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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. 

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