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Uganda to host the 12th EAC Armed Forces Command Post Exercise Ushirikiano Imara 2019

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 17th January, 2019:The planning meeting for the 12th EAC Armed Forces Command Post Exercise (CPX) USHIRIKIANO IMARA 2019, which is scheduled to take place in the Republic of Uganda towards the end of 2019 is on-going at the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The 15th - 18th January 2019 meeting  is taking place in accordance with Article 2 of the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs and pursuant to the EAC Defence Sector Calendar of Activities for the period January - June 2019.

The meeting is expected to  develop the methodology of the exercise  and the distribution of various themes to Partner States ,come up with administrative and logistics plan as well as  shared costs among the Partner States

Furthermore, the meeting is  discussing Host Nation responsibilities, transport, accommodation, office expendables, feeding and messing, communication, medical, uniforms, ceremonies, maps and charts.

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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 9001:2008 Certified

6th EAC University Students Debate on Regional Integration begins in Dar es Salaam

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 4th December14, 2018: The 6th East African Community University Students debate on regional integration kicked off today at the Nkrumah Hall, Julius Nyerere Campus of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Speaking when he officially opened the debate, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Mr Charles Njoroge, cautioned young people within the EAC against falling victim to migrant smuggling as they look for greener pastures across national borders.

Mr Njoroge said that crafty persons and cartels had taken advantage of young people seeking better opportunities out of their countries.

Mr Njoroge said that the problem of migrant smuggling had been compounded by insufficient systems and corruption, which hinder national and international efforts to combat transnational and cross-border crimes.

The DSG said that as the integration deepens, there was an overwhelming movement of people across the borders, adding that this free movement comes with various challenges including trafficking of persons, migrant smuggling, drug trafficking and terrorism.

He said that the EAC was undertaking various initiatives to promote continuous dialogue among the youth and enhance their participation in moving the regional integration process forward.

A total of 30 students from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are participating in the debate that is aimed at picking a Youth Ambassador and Deputy Youth Ambassador from each EAC Partner State. There were no participants from South Sudan.

The theme of this year’s debate is: Border management to address migrant smuggling and corruption at borders for stability and social economic development in the East African Community – Role and Implications of the youth.

“Our Youth Ambassadors are a tested group of young leaders. The selection process is highly competitive and subsequent capacity building programme ensures that the youth leaders are well nurtured and groomed for furthering personal and regional development of EAC,” said Mr Njoroge.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Cuthbert Kimambo, the Deputy Vice Chancellor-Research, at the University of Dar es Salaam, said the debate was a noble initiative that could be used to bring young people to discuss pertinent issued concerning the EAC.

“The University of Dar es Salaam firmly believes that the youth are a key stakeholder in the entire EAC integration process and we need to engage them in matters of East African integration at each step of the way,” said Prof. Kimambo.

Prof. Kimambo said the debate was a perfect venue for identifying young people who were passionate about the integration process and who would in turn sensitize their peers on the EAC integration process.

In his remarks, Mr. Esayas Abebe, the Head of Programme, GIZ Support to the African Union Border Programme, said the debate was a smart endeavour by the EAC to inclusively involve its citizens in order to strengthen the sense of “East African-ness” of its young citizens who are both the present and future of the region.

Mr Abebe said the debate would also inspire policies about tackling cross-border crimes when building an integrated region.

Mr Abebe said that 27 million young people leave their countries of birth to seek employment abroad as international migrants.

In his remarks, the Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Tanzania and EAC, Mr. Jörg Herrera, acknowledged the significance of border management in integration processes. He further emphasized the long standing commitment of Germany in technical and financial support towards integrated border management.

The Deputy Ambassador noted the importance of involving the youth in the effort to combat migrant smuggling and corruption through effective border management. "The youth shall raise awareness about the value of regional integration within the community and form and foster the integration process within the EAC in order to pass on this cooperative spirit to future generations," noted Ambassador Herrera.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

 The Summit of EAC Heads of State in 2008 decided on the deepening sensitization and awareness creation for greater political will as a means for realization of the East African Political Federation. University Students Debate and sensitization was adopted as one of the strategies.

The 1st EAC University Students Debate on regional integration was held in August 2012. The aim of the debates is to provide a regional platform to promote dialogue among university students and interest them in advocating for regional integration initiatives.

As an outcome of the debates, two youth are appointed to represent each country as EAC Youth Ambassador and Deputy Youth Ambassador. These Youth Ambassadors act as focal points in their respective universities, collaborate with the EAC Secretariat in sensitizing their peers on the EAC integration process, benefits and challenges. The EAC Council of Ministers declared the EAC University Students Debate an annual event.

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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 9001:2008 Certified

 EAC Armed Forces Field Excercise kicks off in Tanga

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 9th November, 2018: The 11th East African Community Armed Forces Field Training Exercise (FTX) codenamed “Ushirikiano Imara” 2018 was kicked off on Friday in Muheza District, Tanga, Tanzania.

The main objective of the FTX is to train the participants of the Combined Joint Task Force in planning and conducting Joint Peace Support Operations, Disaster Management, Counter-Terrorism and Counter Piracy.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Tanzanian Minister of Defence, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi said the joint exercises would enable members of the Armed Forces to share knowledge and skills on matters pertaining to defence and security.

I am profoundly pleased that the exercise has taken on board a wide range of institutions like the Police Force, Prison Service, Immigration Department, Intelligence Services, Counter Terrorism Services, Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Community Development as well as the Red Cross apart from members of military,” said Dr. Mwinyi.

The Minister hailed the EAC Partner States for their active participation in the concept development, conference initial planning, and final planning conferences that enabled the exercise to take place.

“This is a vivid testimony that you have attached considerable value to this exercise and the entire integration within our community. Indeed, it is such commitment that is likely to propel us further in our endeavours,” added Dr.Mwinyi.

On his part, EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, in a speech read on his behalf by the Chairperson of the EAC Defence Liaison Officers, Brigadier General Geoffrey Tumusiime, said that the Exercise was being conducted under the platform of the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs. 

“It is in line with a series of Joint Training Exercises conducted on a rotational basis in EAC Partner States aimed at enhancing the capabilities of the EAC Partner States’ Defence Forces, Police, Civilian Components and other key stakeholders in conducting joint operations,” said Amb. Mfumukeko.

“I take this opportunity to applaud the Partner States’ Armed Forces, Police, Civilian Components and all other Stakeholders for their commitment in participating in these joint exercises. I also commend our Defence Forces for going beyond the training exercises and undertaking joint operations in various missions such as MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo, AMISON in Somaila, UNAMID in Darfur and other missions within and beyond the region, said the Secretary General

The Chief of Defence Forces in Tanzania, General Venance Mabeyo, said the contemporary political and security challenges facing the region and the word at large, calls for the regional attention to enhance the capacity to maintain peace and stability with the aim of creating conducive environment for social-economic development in the region.

I am pleased to note that the conduct of this Exercise is yet another significant milestone towards the operationalization of our cooperation in Defence in the region,” said Gen. Mabeyo.

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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 9001:2008 Certified

29th Meeting the Sectoral  Council on Cooperation in Defence underway in Arusha 

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 23rd October, 2018: The 29th meeting of the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence is currently underway in Arusha, Tanzania. The Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence has been convened pursuant to Article 10 of the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs and in accordance with the EAC Calendar of Activities for the period July- December 2018.

The Meeting is considering several items pertinent to strengthening and widening the regional integration agenda in the Defence sector that include, among others, planning for the 11th EAC Armed Forces Field Training Exercise USHIRIKIANO IMARA 2018; issues to do with the EAC Command and Staff Colleges/Higher Military Training Institutions/Military Academies; Health Services of the EAC Partner States’ Armed Forces; Military Industrial Facilities availed for Shared Utilization; and EAC Counter Terrorism strategy.

The meeting is also considering the EAC Armed Forces’ Standing Operating Procedures; and the Draft Defence Sector Calendar of Activities for the Period January to June 2019.

The 29th meeting of the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence is being conducted through the Session of the Defence Experts Working Group on Operations and Training from 22nd to 23rd October; Session of the Sectoral Committee on Cooperation in Defence on 24th October 2018; Session of the Consultative Committee on Cooperation in Defence on 25th October 2018; and session of the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence on 26th October 2018.

The ongoing session is being attended by the Partner States’ Defence Experts Working Group on Operations and Training.

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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 9001:2008 Certified

Chiefs/Directors of Health Services of Partner States' Armed Forces meet in Arusha

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 15th October, 2018: The Chiefs/Directors of Health Services of the EAC Partner States’ Armed Forces have converged at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss and share information among Partner States’ Armed Forces on health matters and to review the status of implementation of previous decisions on the same matter by the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence.

The three-day meeting is being chaired by Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Keith Ambrose Musinguzi, the Chief Medical Services of Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force, and Major (Dr.) P.T. Venuste Muratwa of Rwanda Defence Force, is the Rapporteur.

After realizing the serious risk posed by HIV/AIDS and other health threats to the EAC Partner States’ Armed Forces, the Sectoral Council on cooperation in Defence directed that the Armed Forces initiate co-operation in health/medical matters.  In that regard, an operational forum for the Chiefs/Directors of Health Services was established to draw strategies and measures to mitigate health threats to the Armed Forces.

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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 9001:2008 Certified

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