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The East African : Nov 24th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY Security reforms forum in Ethiopia A three day forum on “Security Sector Reform as a Key Component of Stabilisation and Peacebuilding Processes in Africa” starts in Addis-Ababa. TUESDAY White Ribbon Day launched in Nairobi Launch of the White Ribbon Day at Amani ya Juu garden in Nairobi. TradeMark East Africa fund unveiled Launch of TradeMark East Africa’s Logistics Innovation For Trade Challenge Fund (LIFT) at DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi’s Riverside area. WEDNESDAY AU holds session in Congo Brazzaville A two-day First Ordinary Session of the African Union Specialised Technical Committee on public service, local government, urban development and decentralisation kicks off in Congo Brazzaville. SUNDAY EAC Heads of State Summit in Nairobi 16th Ordinary EAC Heads of State Summit takes place at Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Convention Centre. BILL COSBY: Streaming service Netflix has postponed a special on the 77-year-old veteran comedian who acted in the 1980s US hit sitcom The Cosby Show, after allegations of sexual assault resurfaced recently. ABDIWELI SHEIKH AHMED: Fourteen ministers have written to the Somali prime minister asking him to resign due to “huge differences between him and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud.” ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: The Liberian president has made a number of new appointments to public ofiices, stressing that as the government combats the Ebola virus, it must also attend to the difficult job of recovery. MICHEL KAFANDO: Burkina Faso’s former foreign minister was sworn in as interim president after a charter mapping out a year-long transition to elections was signed. Ex-leader Blaise Compaore was overthrown in October. VLADIMIR PUTIN: The Russian president quit the G20 summit in Brisbane early to “get back to work in Moscow,” after enduring hours of browbeating by Western leaders due to his support for secessionists in eastern Ukraine. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS NOVEMBER 22-28,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Three years on, double taxation still a bottleneck Regional businesses continue to suffer from double taxation three years after a plan to harmonise taxes was approved, causing a delay in the realisation of the benefits of the East African Community integration. Betty Maina, the chief executive of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers said the matter needs to be addressed urgently. “Member countries must ensure they harmonise their tax laws,” she said. Cargo trucks at the port of Mombasa. WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: email@example.com 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 Kigali holds campaign to fast track integration process Rwanda’s Ministry of East African Community has started a week long campaign to fast track the integration process. Planned activities include raising awareness on available opportunities, ongoing projects and addressing stakeholders’ concerns on integration. The campaign is dubbed EAC Regional Integration: Benefits & Opportunities, to update Rwandan citizens on seven years of Rwanda in EAC. Rwandan youth in Kigali. Kenya to enact deal on drop off points for tourists The Kenyan government has pledged to ensure the smooth implementation of the 1985 bilateral agreement with Tanzania that allows tourist vans to drop visitors at convenient points between Kenya and Tanzania. Under the deal revived in March this year, tour vehicles will drop tourists in designated towns in either country rather than leaving them at border points or in undesignated areas. A tourist van in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. EAC official pushes for joint mangement of parks Jesca Eriyo, the Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community in charge of Productive and Social Sectors has asked member countries to work together in order to effectively manage and protect their ecosystems. She said this was an integral part of development. “Regional and continental parks authorities need to share information and carry out enforcement jointly,” said Ms Eriyo. Elephants at the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Kenya Defense Forces in Somalia. The soldiers will form part of the regional standby force. Picture: File EA standby fo≥ce to be in place by Dec By FRED OLUOCH Special Correspondent THE EASTERN African Standby Force will be fully operational by December, making it the first of the five proposed standby forces on the African Continent to be so. EASF director Issimail Chanfi said that the decision to fast-track the inauguration one year ahead of the African Union target of 2015 has motivated the force to refocus its efforts to confront security issues in the region. The EASF is currently on a two-week exercise at the Ethiopian Rift Valley city of Adama for the final stage of the validation process of the regional force. The exercise, code-named “Mashariki Salam 2014,” involves more than 300 troops from the 10 partner states — Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. Once operational, EASF will intervene in situations of insecurity and where the rule of law ha broken down; protect refugees, internally displaced persons and vulnerable groups; intervene in serious humanitarian disaster; widespread piracy and terrorism; insurgency and counter-insurgency threats and activities; as well as tribal violence. Rwandan Defence Min- ister James Kaberebe said it is unacceptable for Africa to continue depending on outside intervention to solve its problems while the continent is able to do so on its own, as has been demonstrated by partner states who have intervened in Somalia, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Darfur in Sudan. Well able “Our respective militaries have done a commendable job in these UN and AU peace support operations. We therefore have the political will and ability to take charge of our collective security,” said Mr Kaberebe. With its headquarters in Addis Ababa, the EASF is part of the AU Peace and Security Architecture that seek to establish standby forces of about 30,000 troops from all the five regions in Africa by 2015. The other regional secu- rity blocs are the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the South Development Community (SADC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Northern African Regional Community (NARC).
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