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The Judge President Nestor Kayobera (Right) with the Chief Justice of Rwanda Justice Dr Faustin Ntezilyayo (Left)

Rwanda to host the EACJ 3rd Annual Judicial Conference and Rotational Court Session

East African Court of Justice. Arusha, Tanzania 31st March ,2023 : The Judge President of the East African Court of Justice, Hon. Nestor Kayobera and the Deputy Registrar, Her Worship Ms. Christine Mutimura concluded a 2-day working visit in Kigali, Rwanda.

The aim of the visit was to offset preparations for the 3rd Annual East African Court of Justice Judicial Conference which is scheduled to take place from 30th October- 1st November, 2023 and the Annual Rotational November Court Session of the East African Court of Justice, which shall take place from 2nd to 31st November 2023 both events in Kigali, Rwanda. 

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Burundi President officially opens the 3rd Meeting of the 1st Session of the 5th EALA in Bujumbura

East African Legislative Assembly, Arusha, Tanzania, 29th March, 2023: The Heads of the East African Community (EAC) Organs and Institutions must work hard to address factors that limit or constrain the construction of a larger EAC internal market in order to increase its share in global trade and economy.

This was said by His Excellency Evariste Ndayishimiye, the President of the Republic of Burundi and Chairperson, EAC Heads of Summit, while presiding over the official opening of the 3rd Meeting of the 1st Session of the 5th East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) at the National Assembly Buildings in Bujumbura, Burundi.  

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EAC launches Zanzibar Reproductive, Maternal, New-Born, Child and Adolescent Health Scorecard 2022

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 29th March, 2023: The East African Community has launched the 2022 Reproductive, Maternal, New-Born, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Digital Scorecard for the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.

Officiating at the launch of the scorecard, the Minister of Health in the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, Hon. Nassor Ahmed Mazrui, said that the digital scorecard was an innovative intervention aimed at promoting accountability while improving access to health data, information and knowledge sharing for better results, better tracking and stronger oversight for women’s and children’s health.

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(L-R) Rapporteur of the Constitutional Experts, Idd Mandi Ramadhani; Chairperson, Hon. Justice Dr. Benjamin Joses Odoki; EAC Secretary General, Hon (Dr.) Peter Mutuku Mathuki and Deputy Chairperson, Hon. Amos Wako.

EAC Political Confederation Consultations resume, with Kenya set to hold sessions in May 2023

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 20th   March, 2023: National consultations for the drafting of the Constitution of the EAC Political Confederation are set to resume across EAC Partner States; with the Republic of Kenya set to hold the sessions in May 2023.  

Regional constitutional experts drafting the EAC Political Federation Constitution, are set to hold consultations with various stakeholders amongst them; the civil society, local leaders, opinion leaders and the business community to seek their views on what kind of Political Confederation they would desire for the EAC. 

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Academic Institutions urged to work with private sector to develop joint curricula to promote graduate employability

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 16th March, 2023: Academic institutions and private sector companies in the East African Community (EAC) have been urged to develop strong partnerships to produce graduates with skills to succeed in employment.

Speaking at the 12th Academia-Public-Private Partnership Forum (APPPF) and Exhibition held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Chief Guest, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Prof. Adolf Faustine Mkenda, urged educational institutions, and the private sector to work together to produce market-driven programmes that are responsive to the dynamic needs of the labour market and train graduates that are relevant for the socio-economic development of the region.

Dr. Irene C. Isaka, the Director Social Sectors at the EAC Secretariat, representing the EAC Secretary General, urged academic institutions to work with the private sector to develop curricula that is in tandem with the requirements of the labour market. 

“I would like to encourage you to continue to work together to constantly review and adapt your curricula to remain in tandem with the current development agenda of the region, and requirements of the labour market,” Dr Isaka said.

The IUCEA Executive Secretary, Prof. Gaspard Banyankimbona, observed that skills required to succeed in employment are constantly evolving which necessitates close collaboration between the private sector and higher education institutions to keep pace with the changes demands in the world of work.

“The reality of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning demonstrates the need to continuously revise and alter our training to develop learners that are able to adapt to the changing demands in employment. Some of the skills learnt today in our various learning ecosystems become outdated even before students graduate. Therefore, it is only through strong partnerships between academia and the private sector that we shall be able to identify skills required for future success in the job market,” said Prof. Banyankimbona.

Mr. Johannes Sperrfechter, BMZ Representative and Head of Regional Development Cooperation at German Embassy, on behalf of the Ambassador, Dr Regine Hess, disclosed that the German Government had committed 2.5m Euros additional funds to the dSkills@EA project to strengthen its support and initiatives in the Master Programme, digital skills trainings and entrepreneurship support.

Amb. Hess said that IUCEAA and GIZ will sign their implementation agreement on Friday at the conference.

The Chief Executive Officer of the East African Business Council (EABC), Mr John Bosco Kalisa said to achieve greater productivity, countries must focus on demand-driven technical and vocational education, entrepreneurship, and business training programmes tied to sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing.

"Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines require special attention focusing on the transfer and adoption of technology," said Mr. Kalisa.

The APPPF is a biennial forum that brings together universities, technical and vocational colleges, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and private sector to deliberate on how to foster joint dialogue and enhance the linkage between the private sector and higher education institutions, as well as government institutions. This year’s forum was organised by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) in partnership with the German Cooperation, through GIZ, the East African Business Council (EABC) and Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU).

For more Information contact: 

Godwin Bonge Muhwezi,
Communication Officer  
Inter University Council
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Anthony Taiti
Head of Corporate Affairs
Pan African University
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About Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)

Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is an institution of the East African Community (EAC) responsible for development and coordination of higher education and research in the region. IUCEA members include accredited public and private universities, commissions and councils responsible for Higher education in EAC Partner States.  

For more information, please visit the IUCEA website.

Kampala readies to host 10th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2023

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 15th March, 2023: The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Republic of Uganda, Hon. Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu has confirmed preparations were in the final stages as Uganda readies to host the 10th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, 2023.

“I take this opportunity to welcome our distinguished guests and participants from all the seven Partner States and beyond to the 10th edition of the East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition that Uganda will host from 9th to 11th May, 2023 at Serena Hotel in Kampala,” said the Minister. 

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EAC capacity building workshop on Pesticides Dossier Evaluation and Risk Assessment underway in Kigali

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 8th March, 2023: The East African Community (EAC) capacity building workshop on ‘Dossier Evaluation and Basic Risk Assessment’ for regulators from Partner States is currently underway in Kigali, Rwanda.  

The four-day workshop from 6th -9th March, 2023 is being attended by members of the EAC Technical Working Group (TWG) on Pesticides and regulators responsible for evaluation of applications for registration of pesticides, evaluation of pesticide dossiers, risk assessment of pesticides and evaluation of efficacy trial reports. The regulators from Ghana and Ethiopia are also in attendance for benchmarking purposes.  

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Tanzania's President hands over a Title Deed on 125 acres of land in Arusha to the East African Community

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 5th March, 2023: The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan officially handed over the Title Deed of 125 Acres of land, to the EAC Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki. 

The land donated is located in Kisongo, Arusha and will be utilised in the Community’s development and expansion drive. 

Dr. Mathuki, who held talks with the President in the State House, in Arusha, appreciated the President for her continued commitment to supporting the EAC. 

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EAC and ESAMI to partner on capacity building on regional trade issues

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 6th  March, 2023: The EAC Secretary General Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki and the Managing Director of the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), Dr. Martin Lwanga, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a framework of collaboration in jointly developing training and capacity-building activities in trade-related areas, in a bid to foster greater business development and enhance the region’s competitiveness. 

The partnership between ESAMI and EAC will further undertake to provide training programs in all trade and trade-related areas of interest to the EAC and within the capacity of the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA).

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(L-R) Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Amb. João Caholo, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the East African Community, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and Regional Development, Hon. Rebecca Miano and EAC Secretary General Hon (Dr.) Peter Mutuku Mathuki.

EAC and ICGLR commit to strengthening collaboration to support in the quest for the restoration of peace and security in Eastern DRC

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 23rd  February, 2023: Following the Mini- Summit of Heads of States and Governments on Peace and Security in Eastern DRC recently held in Addis Ababa; the EAC Secretary General, Hon (Dr.) Peter Mutuku Mathuki, held a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Amb. João Caholo, deliberating on areas of cooperation between the two institutions in supporting the restoration of peace and security in Eastern DRC.  

The two leaders committed to enhancing collaboration between the two institutions by partnering and availing necessary support to each other, in the quest for restoring peace and security in Eastern DRC. 

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