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The East African : Feb 2nd 2015
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY Fiscal management workshop, Arusha A five-day workshop on the fiscal management of the natural resources starts in Arusha TUESDAY Experts meet on EA political federation A two-week experts meeting to review roadmap and the constitutional making of the EAC Political Federation kicks off in Arusha. WEDNESDAY Argus Africa Bitumen conference A two-day Argus Africa Bitumen 2015 conference kicks off in Dar es Salaam THURSDAY Sankalp Africa summit 2015 Sankalp Africa Summit 2015 on the need for ecosystem approaches to inclusive development in Nairobi. Youth ambassadors sensitisation A three-day sensitisation workshops by the EAC youth ambassadors kicks off in all the EAC capitals. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 6, 2015 ROBERT MUGABE: The Zimbabwe president took over as the Chair of the African Union despite a worsening economic crisis at home. Mugabe is returning to international prominence after a decade of isolation. SALVA KIIR: The South Sudan president fell ill in Addis Ababa, forcing a delay to a summit of regional leaders called to discuss the conflict in the country. He had held talks with rebel leader Riek Machar to end the ongoing civil war RITA JEPTOO: Chicago and Boston Marathons winner for the past two years has been banned for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya has said. However, Jeptoo has denied doping, saying it was all “lies.” OMAR ABDIRASHID ALI SHARMARKE: Somali prime minister announced a new Cabinet of 20 ministers, composed of new faces with no legislators to replace one formed on January 12 but dismissed on January 17. HOSNI MUBARAK: A day after the fourth anniversary of the uprising that ousted the former Egyptian president from power, a court ordered that his two sons be freed pending retrial on corruption charges. THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Taxes on exports to be based on ex-factory prices Taxes on exports will be based on ex-factory prices of goods, the EAC has said, potentially minimising stand-offs with Customs officials. “The inclusion of other costs after ex-factory level would be inconsistent with the principles of a Customs Union since they introduce a discriminatory element in the treatment of goods,” said the EAC Director General incharge of Customs and Trade, Peter Kiguta. A client at a beauty shop in Nairobi 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: email@example.com NAIROBI SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 328 8554/6/7, Fax: (254-2) 214047/214565 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org No entry for defective trucks, warns Dar port Substandard cargo trucks will not be allowed to enter Dar es Salaam port from mid this month. In a widely circulated notice, the Dar port management said that effective February 12, the port will start inspecting all trucks entering its premises and deny defective vehicles entry. This is the second time in the past two years that Tanzania Port Authority is seeking to ban junk cargo trucks entry to the country’s prime port. Dar es Salaam port Misuse of funds reported at regional bloc, affiliates A report on the EAC’s financial statements has uncovered rampant misuse of funds. The anomalies include poor accountability for imprest by the staff and what it termed ‘‘unnecessary expenditure of resources.’’ It was found that the Secretariat spent about $3.4 million during the 2012/13 financial year on procurement of air tickets alone, an expenditure seen as unjustifiable. Models draped in the flags of EAC countries Coming soon: Special laws against piracy, counterfeits Manufacturers in East Africa will be the winners as the Council of Ministers moves to introduce special laws to shield them against piracy and counterfeits. The EAC Council of Ministers is set to introduce the EAC Competition (Amendment) Bill 2015 to curb the menace amid growing complaints by manufacturers and traders affected by counterfeits. Officials destroy counterfeit products in Eldoret Lunga Lunga border post. Picture: File Fou≥ one-stop bo≥de≥ points fo≥ Ap≥il By GITONGA MARETE Special Correspondent F our Kenyan one-stop border posts are near- ing completion and will officially be commissioned by April, setting the stage for faster clearance of goods and travellers. According to Moses Orwa, the project manager of the Lunga Lunga post, the post is almost complete while senior communications manager at Trade Mark East Africa Nelson Karanja said operations at the Holili post in Taita Taveta would start soon. Malaba and Busia will be completed by July and end of the year, respectively. “One-stop border posts envisage a scenario where all exit and entry formalities are handled at one location – in the country of destination, an initiative that will save time and cut down on costs,” said EAC principal secretary John Konchellah The time taken to clear trucks at the Lunga Lunga border post is expected to reduce by more than 48 hours. It sometimes takes more than two days for a truck to cross the border but once the facility is complete, trucks will take between 20 to 30 minutes or a maximum of two hours during peak time. Currently, clearance of a bus with an average of 60 passengers takes more than two hours but with the new system, the time taken could fall to 45 minutes, according to Kenya Revenue Authority officials at the border. “Effective border manage- ment can turn around the economy of an area because it is a catalyst to development. Residents of this area should also know that they are key to the success of the border post,” said KRA southern regional manager George Muia. One-stop border posts came about due to the need for faster clearance of goods and movement of persons between East African countries at border posts, where bureaucracy has been blamed for slow clearance procedures. Border crossing has re- mained a major hindrance to smooth movement of goods, leading to delays that result in high costs.
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