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The East African : Sep 22nd 2014
2 AGENDA Sunda WHO’s nutrition conference in Rome The Second International Conference on Nutrition jointly organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Health Organisation in Rome Italy Monday AU meeting on intraAfrican trade Five day African Union 6th AU sub-committee of Directors General of Customs meeting from 22 countries to examine the work done on addressing the issues in the Trade Facilitation Cluster of the Action Plan on Boosting Intra-African Trade, kicks off in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Thursday Meeting on conflict resolution in Nairobi Meeting of East Africa’s senior government officials, judges, lawyers and other stakeholders to discuss alternative dispute resolutions in the region at the Windsor Hotel, Nairobi. Friday Inter universities App challenge in Nairobi Kenya’s Intel Inter-Universities App Challenge in Nairobi Saturday World Tourism Day to highlight tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value. GRACE MUGABE: The 49-year-old First Lady of Zimbabwe graduated with a PhD at the University of Zimbabwe. Her thesis, according to the state-owned Herald newspaper, was on the changing social structure and family. HASSAN ROUHANI: The Iranian president denounced IS for its savagery, but also dismissed the US-led coalition against the terror group as “ridiculous.” Rouhani questioned President Obama’s decision to go after IS with airstrikes only. XI JINPING: China’s president began his first ever official visit to India for talks that are expected to focus on improving trade and boosting Chinese investments in India. He is expected to pledge billions of dollars in investment. JOSE MARIO VAZ: Guinea Bissau’s new president has dismissed the head of the armed forces, Gen Antonio Indjai, who was indicted in the US for plotting the trafficking of cocaine and selling weapons to Colombia. MOHAMED BADIE: The Criminal Court in Giza sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide and 14 others to life in prison for murder and inciting violence in Giza following the ouster of former president Morsi. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS SEPTEMBER 20-26,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral NTBs still a big hurdle to regional trade, says study NTBs are a still a big hurdle to regional trade. Non-tariff barriers (NTBs) in East Africa are affecting regional trade, according to a recent study conducted by a regional think-tank. The East Africa Policy Centre, in its study released last month, noted that formal and informal trade barriers remain major obstacles to economic growth and social development in the East African Community bloc. Cumbersome border crossing process affects trade. WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: email@example.com P.O. Box 49010 GPO Nairobi 00100 Tel: 328 8406-10 Dar es Salaam Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 2119657-9 Fax: 232781 ADVERTISING, CIRCULATION, SUBSCRIPTIONS ARUSHA Nassib Majamba, Summit Centre, 3rd Floor, Sokoine Road, P.O Box 14146, Arusha Tel +255 272 544505 email@example.com DAR ES SALAAM Prosper Lawrence, Harbour View Towers, 4th Floor, Samora Avenue P.O Box 8101, Dar es salaam Tel +255 22 2119657/8/9 Fax +255 22 2115566 firstname.lastname@example.org KAMPALA Richard Senkwale, Crested Towers, Short Tower, 1st Floor, Hannington Road, P.O. Box 6100, Kampala. Tel: 232771/2, Fax: 232781 E-mail: email@example.com KIGALI 13th Floor, Kigali City Tower Tel: +250784336355, Kigali. TEAAdvertisingRW@rw.nationmedia.com NAIROBI ADVERTISING AND CIRCULATION Connie Mwangemi, Nation Centre, Kimathi Street, P.O. Box 49010-00100 Nairobi, Tel: +254 20 3288149 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 328 8554/6/7, Fax: (254-2) 214047/214565 E-mail: email@example.com Red tape and bias against less educated fuelling joblessness Allowing only highly skilled workers, exorbitant work permit fees and the tedious process of documentation are part of the restrictive conditions stifling free movement of labour in the East African bloc, according to the results of a new study. The study was carried out by the Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute, Uganda. Majority of the youth have little or no education. Hawkers in Kigali. Non-skilled youths are shunned. Badly negotiated deals to blame for poverty amid riches East African lawyers have been urged to consider public interest when negotiating contracts with investors in the extractive sector. Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda of Tanzania observed that well-drafted and carefully negotiated mining exploration and development agreements are key to ensuring resourcerich countries and communities benefit from revenue earned from the extractive sector. EA does not benefit much from its resources. Rwandan truck importers get reprieve from ban Rwanda will soon allow the importation of right-hand drive trucks into the country. However, the ban on importation of other righthand drive vehicles will remain, according to Peterson Mutabazi, the princial senior engineer in the Ministry of Infrastructure and the cocoordinator of the project. Only importers of trucks of 30 tonnes and above will benefit from this concession. Only specific right-hand trucks will be allowed. The region’s extractive potential could trigger conflict. Pic: File Alte≥native dispute ≥esolution still lacking By KENNEDY SENELWA The EastAfrican resolution mechanisms to resolve cases arising from exploration of crude oil and natural gas vis-a-vis right of access to other resources such as pasture, water and farmland. The discovery of miner- E als has the potential to improve the region’s economy but conflicts over access to other resources could overwhelm the formal legal systems due to lack of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism. Exploration firms in the region also risk facing disputes that can disrupt operations when expectations of local communities are not properly managed, and they demand for equity in sharing of revenue from oil and gas production. Justice James Ogoola, Judge of Appeal in East African Court of Justice (EACJ) said the region needs to use ADR techniques to strengthen dispute settlement for cases involving the extractive industry to complement formal legal courts processes. “The new face of justice is also assuming a human countenance. Interests of parties are taken into consideration, together with ast Africa has not established alternative dispute overall effect of judgments on relationship and realities behind their enforcements,” he said. Mediation is the com- mon approach used in ADR to resolve conflicts outside formal court litigations that are governed by strict rules. Mediation involves neutral third-party facilitating private negotiations between the warring parties to protect confidential commercial and family information. “Business entities have also realised litigation in a court of law can not only be time consuming but is an expensive affair that ought to be avoided through effective negotiation and ADR,” said Justice Ogoola. He said the extractive in- dustry has potential to spur activities in the economy making it vital for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to institute speedy resolution of disputes to make the region a mining destination. Negotiation and Conflict Management Group International and EACJ are currently spearheading efforts in East Africa to empower policy makers and other professionals with effective dispute resolution skills. The two bodies have partnered with the judiciary in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to improve and spread the use of ADR.
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