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Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security and Safety

Maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean Basin is a major challenge for sustainable development throughout Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (ESA-IO).

The multiplicity of threats, crimes and offenses at sea undermine political stability, economic growth, social progress and the preservation of natural environments and resources. The answer to these challenges, be it piracy, drug trafficking, terrorist threat, illegal fishing or pollution at sea, can only be collective. No Regional States can control the vast EEZ by itself. 

The support of the international community is therefore necessary. It is even legitimate in so far as the western Indian Ocean, crossed by international shipping routes, is an area of common interests.

In order to mobilize national, regional and international partners in favour of maritime security and safety, the Indian Ocean Commission, mandated by its extraordinary Council of Ministers in October 2017, is  co-organizing together with the Republic of Mauritius with the support of the European Union, a Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean from 26 to 29 April 2018 in Mauritius.

This Conference aims at giving a new impetus to concrete collaborations for the long-term security of the vast maritime areas of the ESA-OI region in full compliance with the Conventions and Strategies in force.

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EAC Partner States' Armed Forces join UPDF to Celebrate Tarehe Sita

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 6th February 2018:

The first East African Community Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities prior to the Army Day in Uganda known as Tarehe Sita was held in Bukedi sub-region in Eastern Uganda.

The event, which was held under the theme Reaffirming the Contribution of the Armed Forces towards Regional Integration for our Strategic Security, Development and Prosperity, ran from 30th January to 6th February, 2018 and was in line with the decisions of the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence held on 24th November, 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. 

For the first time, the Armed Forces of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania joined the hosts Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) during the weeklong Tarehe Sita activities.

Civil military activities were conducted by the medical and engineering contingents of all the forces in all the districts of Butaleja, Pallisa, Budaka, Kibuku, Tororo and Busia. The other UPDF formations and units including those deployed abroad carried out various activities in support of communities in their areas of operation.

The main celebrations were held today held today at Boma Grounds in Butaleja district and attended by, among others, Honourable Ministers of Defence from the Partner States; Principal/Permanent Secretaries of Defence; Members of the East African Legislative Assembly and Members of Parliament of Uganda; Chiefs of the Defence Forces from EAC Partner States; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Service Commanders and General Officers; Defence Liaison Officers at the EAC Headquarters; Members of the Defence Forces Contingents of the EAC Partner States and the general public.

Addressing participants at the event, the EAC Secretary General Amb. Libérat Mfumukeko, who was represented by his Deputy in charge of Political Federation, Mr. Charles Njoroge, said the CIMIC week was held under the spirit of the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs whose four pillars include military training, joint operations, technical cooperation, visits and exchange of information.

Mr. Njoroge disclosed that during the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence meeting held on 16th November, 2012, the need to enhance Civil Military Cooperation by conducting CIMIC activities during respective Partner States’ Armed Forces Day was considered and approved.

The Secretary General further noted that during the meeting of 2nd December, 2016, the Sectoral Council directed that CIMIC activities prior to Partner States Armed Forces Day be organized once annually on rotational basis commencing in the Financial Year 2017/18.

Amb. Mfumukeko commended the Republic of Uganda and the UPDF for accepting to host the first EAC Armed Forces Day that was preceded by a week of CIMIC activities and involved the Armed Forces from the EAC Partner States.

He expressed gratitude to the support and leadership by the EAC members of the Summit of Heads of State, the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence and the Heads of the Defence Forces for making the event a great success.

The Secretary General expressed appreciation to the Defence Forces for consolidating and spearheading the EAC integration agenda.

“The planning and execution of the CIMIC activities is a testimony to further strengthening the cause of East African Community unity, common defence, security, peace and development. It is also great inspiration to the people of East Africa to see members of the Armed Forces from different Partner States participating together,” said the Secretary General.

“We need unity, peace, stability and strength to defend our common interests as East Africans. This will in effect provide a conducive and attractive environment for investment and development and prosperity in the region. While partnership with the International Community is important, Africans and more so East Africans, we have to find lasting solutions to our own problems. To this effect, the EAC Cooperation in Defence offers such great scope and prospects,” added the Secretary General.

Notes to Editors

CIMIC activities are designed and conducted to support national development agenda, enhance civil-military cooperation, improve rural economic transformation, improve health, reduce poverty, conserve the environment and ensure food security in order to win the people’s hearts and minds. In this first edition, CIMIC activities were conducted in the fields of health and engineering services.  

The East African region continues to be faced with real and potential complex emergencies, which can easily translate into threats to the social economic, cultural and political wellbeing of the people of East Africa. These threats range from natural to man-made disaster, poverty and disease, porous borders and proliferation of small arms and light weapons, internal strife, terrorism and insecurity in states neighboring the Community. These dangers to human life and development cannot be under estimated. It is for these reasons that it is very important to develop the East African Community’s capacity to handle such emergencies and threats.

 

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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

Tanzania’s Minister of Defence and National Service, Hon. Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi handing over the EAC Flag to the Command Post Exercise Director symbolizing the official launch of the Exercise

EAC Armed Forces Command Post Exercise ongoing in Dar

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 11th December, 2017:

A two-weeks East African Community Armed Forces Command Post Exercise dubbed Ushirikiano Imara 2017 is ongoing at the Tanzania Peoples Defence Forces’ Peace Keeping Training Centre in Kunduchi in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Command Post Exercise is being held in the context of the East African Community Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs. The Areas of cooperation embedded in the Protocol on four pillars include; military training, joint operations, technical cooperation, and visits and exchange of information.

Addressing the official opening session of the exercise on 7th December, Tanzania’s Minister of Defence and National Service, Hon. Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi commended the EAC Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence and the Partner States for implementing some of the provisions of the Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs.

He also commended the EAC Secretariat and the Partner States for the excellent arrangements put in place to conduct the exercise in Dar es Salaam, saying, “the commitments put in are a testimony of the importance the region puts in the exercise and regional integration agenda”.

The guest of honor urged the participants to exhibit utmost commitment and discipline in order to reap maximum benefit to their respective Partner States and the region as a whole.

Addressing the same occasion, Uganda’s Defence Minister and Chairperson of the EAC Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence, Hon. Adolf Mwesige said the objective of the Command Post Exercise was to enhance the ability of the EAC Partner States’ Defence Forces and other key stakeholders to work together in an operational theatre.

“This Exercise offers a platform on which to evaluate the readiness of the EAC Partner States’ Defence Forces and key stakeholders to respond to complex security challenges. It also avails an opportunity to practice the EAC Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Peace Support Operations, Disaster Management, Counter Terrorism and Counter Piracy operations” noted Uganda’s Minister of Defence.

He noted that the changing security environment in the region and globally calls for regular training that is well coordinated especially where threats do not respect borders.

The Chairperson expressed his gratitude to the Summit of EAC Heads of State and the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence for excellent leadership and guidance the sector has always received, which has enabled it to achieve so many milestones within a short time.

He appreciated the EAC Defence Forces for the good camaraderie exhibited in preparing for the Exercise, which further strengthens the cause of East African Community unity, common defence, security, peace and development.

On his part, the Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Mr. Charles Njoroge, who represented the Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, said the Exercise was designed to practice participants from the military, civil police and civilians in the planning and conduct of Peace Support Operations, Disaster Management, Counter Terrorism and Counter Piracy operations with the purpose of enhancing the capabilities of the Partner States’ Defence forces to combat complex security challenges.

He said the Security challenges within the region are addressed through such military exercises that help the Armies build required capabilities. “It must be mentioned here that the EAC Defence Forces have gone beyond exercises and are operating together in several missions such like AMISOM in Somalia,” said the DSG.

The EAC official reiterated that the Military Exercise was being held at a time when the EAC integration process was intensifying on all fronts. “Our Community has strengthened its Customs Union and is now a Single Customs Territory, Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade along our major corridors have come down and Intra EAC trade has grown. Significant progress has been made on the type of Political Federation East Africa will have, which is the Ultimate aim of our Community”.

Mr. Njoroge informed the guests that all Partner States were being represented in the exercise except for the new member, the Republic of South Sudan which sent an apology, was represented by the Under Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Major General Simon Ananias.

Present at the official opening were; Members of the East African Legislative Assembly and Members of Parliament of Tanzania; Chiefs of the Defence Forces; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Service Commanders and General Officers; Defence Liaison Officers at the EAC Headquarters; Members of the Defence Forces Contingents of the EAC Partner States, Civil Police and Civilians

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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

4th Inter-Burundi Dialogue held from 27th November to 8th December 2017, Ngurudoto Mountain Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania

This morning the Facilitator to the Inter-Burundi Dialogue H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, adjourned the 4th Session of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue after twelve days of interactions. He thanked the participants for their dedication in trying to find a solution to the Burundi Political problem.

This session was convened in order to allow the participants to engage each other and agree on issues of common interest for the welfare of all the Barundi. The Facilitator noted that throughout the session the concerned parties remained rigid in their positions and therefore failed to realize the expectations of the millions of the Barundi at home at as well as many other well wishers who eagerly waited for a positive outcome from the session.

The Facilitator informed the participants that he would report to the Mediator, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and Chairperson of the East African Community Heads of State Summit on his assessment of the Session, on areas of convergence and divergence. The Facilitator will then seek the guidance of the Mediator on the way forward.

The Facilitator reiterated his call to all the participants to continue to denounce all forms of violence and hate speech. He reminded the participants that despite the divergent views they have expressed they should continue to embrace each other as brothers and sisters and work towards sustainable peace and development of their country.

8th December 2017, Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania.

EAC Secretariat builds capacity of Women Officers in Security and the Law Enforcement Agencies (Police and Prisons) in the Partner States

EAC Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 27th November 2017:

The East African Community Secretariat has embarked on conducting a series of capacity-building trainings for Partner States’ women Officers in security and the law enforcement agencies aimed at raising awareness on the provisions of the United Nation Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 specifically on the roles and requirements of women security Officers and law enforcement officers in implementing the UN Resolution at both national and regional levels.

The expected output of the capacity building is to further advance the EAC Secretariat’s role in Peace and Security interventions, and in particular strengthen the role of women and girls in Peace and Security in the regional bloc.

Addressing a 20th – 23rd November Training on Gender UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for security and law enforcement officers from the Partner States at the Des Milles Collines Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Mr. Charles Njoroge, said over the years he had been at the helm of the EAC Peace and Security Sector, he was yet to see women security officers visibly involved in decision making within the sector.

“This has been so despite the fact that we see the visibility of women at the national level but I am yet to fathom as what stops women in the sector breaking the glass ceiling and it is against this background that we invite you to deliberate and share experiences on the practical issues affecting the advancement of women into decision making in the sector and how this can be promoted within the context of UNSCR 1325” affirmed Mr. Njoroge.

The Deputy Secretary General informed the trainees that in 2000, the United Nations Security Council formally acknowledged through the creation of Resolution 1325 the changing nature of warfare, in which civilians were increasingly targeted, and women continue to be excluded from participation in peace processes. “The UNSCR 1325 addresses not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution, mediation and sustainable peace”.

The EAC official disclosed that the region had developed a Framework for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and that during the course of the training, it will be shared with the participants whose roles form a critical mass in the process of its implementation.

He urged the participants to pay great attention to the deliberations and come up with proposals that would facilitate placing women at the centre of decision making as victims and also as persons who play a critical role in amelioration of conflict situations and recovery effects in the region.

The Deputy Secretary General reiterated that there were also a number of initiatives made both within the Defence and Interstate Security Sectors at the EAC Secretariat, which include, among others, the Conflict Prevention Management and Resolution Mechanism, the Early Warning Mechanism; and Mediation Processes. “A number of these need your greater involvement and all this is being done to make the EAC Region a better place to live in”.

At the same occasion, Mr. Alex Mutamba, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community said that under the EAC framework, security is an area of cooperation and it is therefore through strengthening security cooperation that the EAC regional integration projects can be protected and continue to bring more growth and development to the Partner States.

He noted that security was a very sensitive sector and a serious business that the Partner States must invest in. “The training of Women Officers in peace and security is recognized as a human capital investment of which it’s expected outcome is meant to support the regional integration initiatives” concluded the Rwanda official.

Notice to Editors

This activity is funded under African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) Support Programme. As a regional requirement, the EAC is committed to the implementation of UNSCR 1325 as a mechanism of strengthening women’s participation and involvement in the promotion of peace and security within the context of conflict prevention and resolution, eradicating sexual violence and ending impunity in conflict situations. The EAC Regional Framework on UNSCR 1325 sets out what the EAC will do at the level of the EAC Secretariat and in partnership with Partner States, to integrate a gender perspective into its peace and security, efforts to protect women and girls’ human rights, and promote their participation in conflict prevention, management and resolution.

Aim of Training Women in Peace and Security

The immediate aim is to raise awareness of EAC Women Security Officers on the UNSCR 1325; the existing Regional and International Instruments; so as to build a formidable force of women officers trained on Women Peace and Security. The outcome of this training will be the ability of trained officers to competently mainstream the EAC peace and security interventions and enrich the EAC Peace and Security Instruments including the EAC Strategy on Regional Peace and Security; and competently participate in the regional Peace and Security interventions and initiatives.

Participation

Participants in the training included Partner States’ In-service Women Officers from the disciplined forces and law enforcement such as the Military, Police; Prisons and Correctional Services, among others. Staff from the EAC Organs also participated in the 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 2008:9001 Certified


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