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The East African : Sep 29th 2014
2 AGENDA Monday Workshop on land assessment, mapping An inception workshop will be held in Addis Ababa, to initiate a study on curricula assessment and mapping of existing land training centres in Africa. Tuesday Meeting on land governance in Africa A two-day experts’ meeting to finalise a draft proposal to establish the African centre of excellence on land governance will kick off in Addis Ababa. Wednesday Symposium on global health systems The third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research on people-centred health systems will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. Thursday FAO committee meet on agriculture The Food and Agriculture Organisation Committee meeting on agriculture will centre on a wide range of issues, like family farming, sustainable agriculture, food safety and governance. It will be held in Rome, Italy. THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Little to no awareness about EACJ among citizens Majority of East Africans know little to nothing about the nature and operations of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), its president Emmanuel Ugirashebuja says. The court also suffers from inadequate human resource, which limits its capacity to carry out its mandate. A review is being undertaken to determine how many employees it needs. The East African Court of Justice WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. 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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 Region to benefit from harmonised co-operatives law East African partner states are set to benefit from a harmonised regional law on cooperatives. This was announced on September 24 at a public hearing on the EAC Co-operative Societies Bill 2014 in Dar es Salaam, where EALA members represented their countries. The Bill, apart from benefitting the private sector, will also help governments to fight poverty. The region’s citizens will benefit from the law Kenya, Tanzania to jointly manage Mara River ecosystem Kenya and Tanzania will jointly manage the Mara River ecosystem once an MoU between the two countries is signed at the end of the year. The MoU aims to ensure sustainable management of human life and wildlife as well as conservation of the environment. “This is a critical step towards sustainable transboundary natural resource management,” said Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto. The deal will ensure the ecosystem is well managed EALA members attempt to impeach Zziwa again Regional Assembly members are planning to try to impeach the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, Margaret Zziwa again. Rwanda EALA representative Abdul Karim Harelimana said the rift between the Speaker and majority of the members would see lawmakers boycott the upcoming plenary session scheduled for October 19 in Kigali. They are also considering taking Ms Zziwa to the EACJ. Ms Zziwa (centre) with EALA members Kenyan tobacco firms will now import their products to Uganda and Tanzania without incurring taxes. Picture: File Regional tobacco t≥ade dispute ≥esolved By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent T he long-standing trade dispute between Ken- yan tobacco firms and the revenue authorities of Tanzania and Uganda has been resolved. The EAC ministers, in their recent meeting in Arusha, directed that both Tanzania and Uganda, by mid next year, remove the restrictions that require tobacco products being exported into Uganda and Tanzania to contain 70 per cent and 75 per cent respectively of local products. Kenyan firms will now export their tobacco products into the two countries without paying custom taxes and their products being subjected to discriminatory treatment viz-a-vis those locally manufactured as required by the EAC rules of origin. Although Tanzania and Uganda had requested that the process be carried out in phases, over a period of one and a half years, the ministers said the restrictions were against the EAC trade regulations and therefore should be lifted by June 30, 2015. Under the EAC rules of origin, only goods produced wholly from local inputs or made from imported raw materials — with 35 per cent of the ex-factory value being added from within the region — are allowed to cross national borders without being taxed. Kenya’s British Ameri- can Tobacco and Tanzania Revenue Authority have been involved in a dispute with BAT complaining that “The 75 per cent local content requirement does not recognise the EAC rules of origin and contravenes the tax harmonisation objective of the EAC Treaty.” The other trade dispute involves Kenyan firm Mastermind Tobacco Kenya Ltd and Leaf Tobacco Commodities of Uganda over the Supermatch brand that both firms lay claim to. Although the matter is in court awaiting a resolution, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) had directed that tobacco products imported from Kenya contain 70 per cent of local tobacco content. According to Mastermind Tobacco, URA was using the dispute to frustrate the transit of the cigarette brand through the country into South Sudan, in favour of Leaf Tobacco’s products. This is becase the Supermatch brand by Mastermind is also manufactured by Leaf Tobacco and the two firms were fighting over market share. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS SEPTEMBER 27 - OCTOBER 3, 2014 ASAMOAH GYAN: Ghana’s national football team captain said claims that he killed Ghanaian rapper Castro and a friend Janet Bandu as part of a ritual sacrifice were “wild and absurd.” The two went missing in July. DAVID CAMERON: The UK Prime Minister held talks with Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani in New York for the first time since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. The US and five Arab partners have been bombing Islamic State militants in Syria. EDWARD SNOWDEN: The whistleblower was one of the winners of the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, together with Alan Rusbridger, editor of UK newspaper The Guardian, which featured Snowden’s leaks on government surveillance. FRANCOIS HOLLANDE: France’s President strongly condemned the beheading of tourist Herve Gourdel in Algeria by a jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS) militants after its deadline for France to halt air strikes on IS in Iraq lapsed. MICHAEL SATA: Zambia’s President was admitted to a New York hospital while attending the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly. The president was scheduled to address the 193-member world body.
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