Week of 18 July, 2011 – Vol.3.1-
June set the stage for South Africa to host the Tripartite Council and Summit. The meeting was set to boost regional integration, and pave the way for the establishment of a Trilateral-
· Eight COMESA countries, including the five EAC countries, are working on a plan that will see electricity shared among them.
The Regional Power Master Plan and Grid Code will cover 10 countries from the region—Burundi; DRC; Djibouti; Egypt; Ethiopia; Kenya; Rwanda; Sudan; Tanzania; and Uganda. Forming the basis for future expansion of the power system, the Grid code will govern technical design and operation of interconnections for power exchange in the region.
Following on the heels of the March meeting in Zambia in which the Ministerial Committee of the organ on Politics, Defence and Politics (MCO) was held to discuss SADC’s role in the DRC, South Africa will assume the chair of the organ in August 2011-
Rwanda is set to produce the next secretary-
· A Tanzanian is set to be appointed deputy secretary of the EAC in charge of planning and infrastructure to replace Rwandan Alloys Mutabingwa.
Still in the EAC, EAC Deputy Secretary-
She added that though the draft protocol is very sensitive, the region has to apply best practices “to improve the living standards of its people and achieve the ultimate goal of political federation.”
· As part of celebrations marking ten years of its existence, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) will organize an EALA Symposium, which is expected to be attended by over 150 participants from the political class, civil society, private sector, academia, and youth organizations.
Designed to provide space where people get together to exchange ideas on EALA’s decade-
First, it is to take stock of developments since its inception, with a view to capitalizing on outcomes of previous stages and documents specific to the integration process; secondly, to reach consensus with respect to working definitions and principles of Political Federation; finally, to “enlarge and consolidate a community of practice” among a group of selected experts in the integration process.
One of the key outcomes of the Symposium is to bring into being the establishment of an annual forum geared to enable EALA ensure it is people-
By 2012, EAC is likely to have operationalised a single tourist visa allowing for travel to any of the five East African Community partner states. EAC Council of Ministers Chairman Hafsa Mosi has told EALA that a common visa would accelerate the promotion of the region as a single tourism destination. Under the proposal, the new East African tourist visa would be issued by any partner state’s embassy abroad.
Industry watchers believe the common visa will facilitate travel arrangements for those intent on touring East African attractions. Currently, foreign tourists visiting the five-
· As four EAC countries unite over the use of national identity cards as the region’s standard travel documents, Tanzania is sticking out like a sore thumb, believing that travelers should also produce passports and other relevant documents.
Director of Economic Affairs at Kenya’s Ministry of EAC said if the system is adopted, work permits and passports will be abolished. Sidinga has said the use of IDs is part of efforts towards accelerating the integration process.
Out of the five member states, only Rwanda and Kenya use ID cards, with the former using electronic national IDs.
At the opening of the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Second Pan-
Mayaki said “we should collectively (AU and its organs, NEPAD agency, Regional Economic Communities and national governments) focus on the implementation of approved policies, strategies and programmes.” He further called for a joint working committee between NEPAD and PAP, explaining that “as law-
Poor communication of information about NEPAD agency initiatives was identified as one of the key factors hindering countries from benefitting from the NEPAD programmes.
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