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The East African : Oct 27th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead: MONDAY Consultative meeting on African minerals A two day African Minerals Geoscience Initiative (AMGI) consultative meeting kicks off in Addis Ababa TUESDAY Conference on transport system A three day first ministerial and policy conference on sustainable transport systems begins in Nairobi. MICHAEL SATA: Zambia’s president flew out of the country for a medical check-up amid persistent speculation that he is seriously ill. President Sata’s office confirmed his departure but would not disclose his destination. OSCAR PISTORIUS: The South African athlete was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The judge also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge. OMAR AL-BASHIR: Sudan’s president will stand for re-election next year, despite previous claims that he would quit after 25 years in power. He was chosen ahead of four other candidates by the ruling National Congress Party’s council. ELIZABETH II: The Queen of England has sent her first tweet, using @BritishMonarchy Twitter handle. “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.” IAN KHAMA: Botswana’s president, who plans to run on a Botswana Democratic Party ticket, is expected to win by a reduced majority. Voters are expected to go to the polls this week in what is expected to be a closely contested race. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS OCTOBER 25-31,2014 Environment projects to be approved The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council will meet to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF’s focal areas in Washington, DC. WEDNESDAY Experts to meet over fuel price reforms A three day expert group meeting on fuel price reform and renewable energy transitions opens in Nairobi THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Partner states urged to harmonise quality standards Director-General of the EAC Customs and Trade Directorate Peter Kiguta has urged partner states to push for the implementation of the EAC Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing Act (SQMT) in order to realise the benefits of harmonised standards, promote trade and increase competitiveness. He said the EAC Secretariat will carry out sensitisation activities on SQMT. The move will promote regional trade WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: email@example.com P.O. 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The programme, launched in Arusha, Tanzania, will be implemented in collaboration with the GAVI Alliance. An infant is given polio immunisation S. Sudan, TMEA launch $24m trade, Customs programme South Sudan and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) have inaugurated the first national oversight committee to oversee their trade and Customs development programme. The TMEA South Sudan programme is worth $24 million. Its aim is to support efforts to fast track movement of humanitarian goods and increase transparency and accountability in the collection of non-oil revenues. The project will help speed up movement of goods The Wakulima market in Nairobi. The online database provides food and agriculture statistics for the different partner states and the region as a whole Picture: File One-stop cent≥e on ag≥i data launched By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent agricultural database that provides a one-stop centre for online statistical data on food and agriculture. Dubbed the East African T Community Region STAT Database, it is expected to facilitate exchange of information among the EAC member states on agriculture statistics and will ultimately provide the required indicators for monitoring and evaluation of the Community’s food action plan. The Italian Develop- ment Co-operation provided funding of up to $1 million plus technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation for a period of two years. According to Marco Gam- bamala, the EAC agriculture statistics expert, the database is expected to aggregate the various agricultural statistics indicators published in the five web sites of EAC partner states. “It will facilitate the exchange of information among the partner states on agriculture statistics using common standards and classifications, and will ultimately provide the required he East African Community has launched an indicators for the monitoring and evaluation of the EAC Food Security Action Plan,” said Mr Gambamala. The EAC STAT database will be linked to all the countries’ websites and as the individual countries update their data, it will automatically update the region’s data. The EAC STAT database is a web-based information technology tool for food and agriculture statistics at the national and subnational levels. In practice, it acts as a one-stop centre that centralises and integrates data coming from various sources and harmonises it according to international standards while ensuring data quality and reliability. “Each partner state’s national government will make a substantial contribution to ensure its deployment and continued training and maintenance,” said Mr Gambamala Enos Bukuku, the EAC’s Deputy Secretary-General for Planning and Infrastructure, said the EAC Treaty provides for the partner states to co-operate for the achievement of agricultural production and food security.
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