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The East African : Dec 1st 2014
2 AGENDA MONDAY World Aids Day People worldwide unite in the fight against HIV. This year’s theme is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An Aids-free generation.” Business meeting A two day expert group meeting on “Improving Central Africa’s Business Climate” starts in Douala, Cameroon WEDNESDAY UNDP-JICA symposium UNDP-JICA Symposium on Africa to discuss issues relating to the continent’s development and structural transformation needed to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth, at Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall in Tokyo, Japan. African private sector forum A three day meeting of the 7th African Private Sector Forum, under the Theme “Promoting Africa’s Private Sector for inclusive growth: Exploring untapped mechanism of funding,” starts in Nairobi. Workshop on AU communication strategy A three day workshop on engaging press attaches and focal persons in communication at embassies of African Union member states in the implementation of the AU communication strategy in Debrei-Zeit, Ethiopia. JOICE MUJURU: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe removed his vice president, and front-runner to succeed him, from power. Mrs Mujuru, 59, fought for Independence alongside the president and was his deputy for 10 years. MIZENGO PINDA: Tanzania’s prime minister is under pressure to resign over alleged fraudulent payments worth $120 million to an energy firm. A parliamentary watchdog has said Mr Pinda failed to oversee government finances. FAURE GNASSINGBE: As Togo’s president rejected bids for a constitutional amendment to limit presidential terms, a coalition of opposition parties and civil society groups called for a mass protest on Friday to demand reforms. MEHMET ALI AGCA The Turkish man who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, has asked the Vatican for permission to meet Pope Francis when he visits Turkey from November 28 to 30, reports said. OTIENO KAJWANG: The senator in Kenya’s government died at a hospital in Nairobi on November 19 after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was eulogised as a great lawyer and buried at his home near the shores of Lake Victoria. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 5, 2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Ugandan, Rwandan firms seek redress from Kenya Ugandan and Rwandan firms and businessmen have been allowed to revive a $47.5 million compensation claim against the Kenyan government for goods and vehicles destroyed during the 2007-2008 post-election violence. The companies sued the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney- General, accusing them of negligence that led to the destruction of their trucks ferrying goods to Uganda and Rwanda. Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai. 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 Uganda’s SME’s make $4.6m from region’s markets Efforts by the Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) and Traidlinks to build the competitiveness of 82 small and medium enterprises in regional markets have started to bear fruit. In the first eight months of this year, the companies have generated a total of $4.6 million, according to Daniel Karibwije, UEPB’s director of trade, promotion and public relations. A trader in Kisumu sells fish from Uganda. Construction of Dongo Kundu berth to start in 2016 Construction of the first berth of the Mombasa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is expected to start in 2016. The construction, expected to take three years, will be done parallel to the development of the free port, a free trade zone and setting up of the initial industries in the 3,000-acre site owned by the government. The SEZ will be located in Dongo Kundu, where businesses will be exempted from certain taxes. Containers at the port of Mombasa. Call for ideas to reduce regional transport costs A $16 million challenge fund has been started for innovators who can devise a strategy to reduce the cost of transport and logistics in East Africa. The Logistics Innovation for Trade (Lift) fund will provide grants of $200,000 to $750,000 to the best proposals. The ideas will be implemented in East Africa and will contribute to TradeMark East Africa’s aim of reducing transport time across the region. Trucks in a traffic jam headed to Uganda from Kenya. The GM product in Aromat is starch obtained from maize grown in South Africa. Picture: File GM-f≥ee A≥omat to be made in Kenya By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspodent food seasoning, U nilever Kenya has stopped importing its Aromat, from South Africa, over concerns over genetically modified ingredients, and withdrawn a case it had filed against the country’s biosafety regulator. The company is now look- ing to manufacture the product in Kenya, without the GM substances that prompted the dispute with the National Biosafety Authority (NBA). An analysis by the author- ity found that Aromat and Soy Protein (Supro) from China contained GM materials. Kenya has banned the sale of GM foods for human consumption. Chemicals and Solvents East Africa, the importers of Supro, have said they will ship it back. Bokomo Corn Flakes, im- ported from South Africa, is set for relabelling after the NBA found that the GM materials indicated on the package were nonexistent, possibly because of denaturing during processing. Another Bokomo product — Otees Cereals — has been pulled from the market. Unilever said it has agreed to resolve the Aromat issue out of court. “The company has agreed to abide by the NBA rules by pulling their Aromat product from the market,” said Willy Tonui, NBA executive director. Unilever said the GM product in Aromat is starch obtained from maize in South Africa. Unilever had challenged this position in court, arguing that there was no clause in the Biosafety Act that required anyone importing products derived from GMOs to seek approval from the regulatory agency. The ban on GMOs in Ken- ya was introduced in 2012 when a task force formed by the then minister for public health Beth Mugo said the foods were not safe for consumption. Currently, only three Af- rican countries are involved in the production of GM crops — South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan. Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Malawi are carrying out confined field trials on cotton, maize and cassava. GMO crops in Kenya and Uganda include drought tolerant and insect resistant maize, biofortified and virus resistant cassava, biofortified sorghum, and insect resistant cotton.
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