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EAC Partner States approve Labour Migration Policy

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 23rd January, 2024: The Directors of Labour and Employment from the EAC Partner States have considered and approved the EAC Policy and Legal frameworks governing labour migration and the outcome of the national and regional consultations during the regional meeting of Experts in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The overall aims of the policy are to advocate for the protection of migrant workers; strengthen labour migration governance and maximise the benefits accruing from labour migration

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EAC Secretary General holds briefing meeting with the Chairperson of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State on the status of integration of the Community

State House, Juba, Republic of South Sudan, 15th January, 2024: The East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, Hon (Dr.) Peter Mutuku Mathuki, this morning held a briefing meeting with the Chairperson of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State and President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit at State House, Juba, South Sudan. Dr. Mathuki congratulated President Salva Kiir on assuming the chairmanship of the Community and assured him of his unwavering support in the discharge of his mandate.

The Secretary General briefed the Chair on a number of issues critical to the progress of the Community in the calendar year 2024 and interventions on strengthening EAC inter-state relations. The deliberations focused on setting targets on deliverables under the leadership of President Salva Kiir, anchored on the need to foster a predictable and stable security environment that can catalyse the regional integration agenda.

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Fostering regional trade, resource mobilisation and integrating new Partner States to be at the core of EAC's new year agenda

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 9th January, 2024: The East African Community (EAC) is gearing up for the New Year with a stronger focus on fostering intra-regional trade, resource mobilisation and integrating the newest Partner States. 

EAC Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, highlighted the need to enhance intra-regional trade by optimising the implementation of the EAC Customs Union and Common Market protocols. Dr. Mathuki further emphasised the need to work together to eliminate Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) hindering intra-regional trade and expressed optimism about increasing intra-regional trade in East Africa to at least 40% over the next five years. 

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Strong digital systems are the key to successful health programmes in the regon, says EAC Secretary General

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 21st December, 2023: The East African Community (EAC) Secretary GeneralHon (Dr). Peter Mathuki has said that strong digital systems are the key to successful health programmes in the region as the world becomes more technologically advanced.  

Dr. Mathuki said that to fully realise the benefits of the digital transformation, it is essential for EAC Partner States to establish robust and effective governance frameworks for the health data that is being shared in order to manage risks and safeguard citizens’ rights. 

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EAC Council of Ministers adopts Regional Framework for the supply and production of antibiotics

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 20th December, 2023:  The 44th East African Community (EAC) Ordinary Council of Ministers, in their meeting held on 22nd November 2023, adopted the regional policy framework for the promotion of antibiotics production and supply in the EAC and a regional cooperation mechanism for information exchange for the production and supply of antibiotics.

The information on the adoption of the two documents came during the close out meeting of the EAC-UNCTAD project on “Investment incentives for local production of essential antibiotics in East Africa” held in Nairobi on 6th to 7th December 2023 attended by representatives from the EAC and its’ Partner States, UNCTAD, GIZ and GFA Consulting group.

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EAC ELECTION OBSERVER MISSION TO THE 2023 DRC GENERAL ELECTIONS

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 18th December, 2023: This is to notify EAC Partner States, Development Partners and all other Stakeholders that EAC will not physically be present in DRC to observe her 2023 General Elections as provided for in the Treaty Establishing the East African Community and as it has been the practice since the inception of the EAC. This development is due to the fact that although EAC was ready, the request to undertake the exercise has not been granted by the relevant authorities.

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EAC Partner States urged to develop mechanisms to facilitate the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the region

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 16th December, 2023: The EAC Partner States and the EAC Secretariat have been commended for the commitment towards supporting the development and growth of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector over the past twenty-three years.

Burundi’s Minister of Trade, Transport, Industry and Tourism, Hon. Marie-Chantal Nijimbere, further urged the Partner States to devise mechanisms to support inclusive and sustainable growth of MSMEs in the region.  

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Somali to sign Treaty of Accession with the East African Community today

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 15th December, 2023: The Federal Republic of Somalia is inching closer to joining the East African Community with the Horn of Africa nation scheduled to sign a Treaty of Accession with the bloc at State House, Entebbe, Uganda today.  

The Treaty of Accession will be signed by Somalia’s President Sheikh Hassan Mohamud and the Chairperson of the Summit of EAC Heads of State, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, who is also the President of the Republic of South Sudan. 

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EAC and TradeMark Africa Unveil Innovative App to Revolutionise Trade by Eliminating Non-Tarriff Barriers

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 9th December, 2023: In a groundbreaking development for regional trade, the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat today unveiled a new mobile application (App) dedicated to the elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) – the EAC NTBs App.

This innovative App is set to revolutionise the region’s trading landscape by streamlining the reporting, monitoring, and resolution of impediments traders face as they conduct business across borders.

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23rd edition of the EAC MSMEs Trade Fair officially kicks off in Bujumbura

…with Burundi’s Vice President calling on Partner States to actively participate in events fostering collaboration and mutual benefit 

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 8th December, 2023: The 23rd Edition of the EAC Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Trade Fair, popularly known as the Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi Exhibition, was officially opened today by the Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Prosper Bazombanza.  

Vice President Bazombanza said that the trade fair was a testament to the progressive success of economic and commercial integration among the EAC Partner States, emphasising its role in bridging technological gaps among artisans, micro-entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in the region.  

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