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The East African : Feb 9th 2015
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY Fiscal management workshop in Arusha A five-day workshop on the fiscal management of natural resources starts in Arusha. EAC trade experts to meet in Arusha A five day EAC Experts meeting to prepare EAC Trade 2014 kicks off in Arusha. Ministerial meeting on good governance A five day Third Ministerial Conference under the theme “Promoting the use of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in support of Good Governance in Africa” kicks off in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire TUESDAY Ministers meet on meteorology A four day 3rd Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology kicks off in Cabo Verde WEDNESDAY The seminar on immigration kicks off A three-day Indee Kenya Expo 2015 begins at KICC Nairobi. Free seminar on immigration for permanent residency opportunities for engineers, healthcare, IT, finance and other professionals at 680 Hotel Nairobi OLUSEGUN OBASANJO: Former Nigerian president dissociated himself from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, of which he was a founding father and leader “until the anomalous and shameful situations” going on in the party are corrected. KENNETH KAUNDA: Zambia’s founding president was hospitalised for an undisclosed ailment last Tuesday. The country’s newly elected President Edgar Lungu, who took office last month visited the former president in hospital. ABDOULAYE WADE: The former Senegalese president has said that he is prepared to “give his life” to prevent his son being convicted of corruption charges. The 88-year-old said this while addressing a meeting in the capital Dakar. BARACK OBAMA: US president called the Dalai Lama a “good friend” and an inspiration for freedom and dignity of all human beings at a prayer event in Washington with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader among the audience. FIDEL CASTRO: Cuban state media have published a series of photographs of the former president, the first to be released in nearly six months, after renewed speculation about the 88-year-old ex-leader’s health. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS FEBRUARY 7-13,2015 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Regional law body asks Tanzania to lift ban on newspaper The East African Law Society has asked the Tanzanian government to lift the ban it imposed recently on the circulation of The EastAfrican newspaper. In a letter to the president of Tanzania copied to the minister for constitutional and legal affairs, the regional law association expressed dismay over the action, saying it was unwarranted. The government announced the ban on January 21, this year. A vendor reading an old copy of The EastAfrican WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: email@example.com P.O. Box 49010 GPO Nairobi 00100 Tel: 328 8406-10 Dar es Salaam Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 2119657-9 Fax: 232781 ADVERTISING, CIRCULATION, SUBSCRIPTIONS ARUSHA Nassib Majamba, Summit Centre, 3rd Floor, Sokoine Road, P.O Box 14146, Arusha Tel +255 272 544505 email@example.com DAR ES SALAAM Prosper Lawrence, Harbour View Towers, 4th Floor, Samora Avenue P.O Box 8101, Dar es salaam Tel +255 22 2119657/8/9 Fax +255 22 2115566 firstname.lastname@example.org KAMPALA Richard Senkwale, Crested Towers, Short Tower, 1st Floor, Hannington Road, P.O. Box 6100, Kampala. Tel: 232771/2, Fax: 232781 E-mail: email@example.com KIGALI 13th Floor, Kigali City Tower Tel: +250784336355, Kigali. TEAAdvertisingRW@rw.nationmedia.com NAIROBI ADVERTISING AND CIRCULATION Connie Mwangemi, Nation Centre, Kimathi Street, P.O. 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 UK gives $5m for access road from airport to Mombasa UK has given an additional grant of $5 million for the construction of access roads between the Moi International Airport and Mombasa port in Kenya. The funds, channelled through Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) to TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) for its Mombasa Port Programme, will be used to upgrade the 5.3 km Port ReitzAirport road into a dual carriage way. Minister Henry Rotich and TMEA director general, David Stanton after signing for the grant Eala to form committee on laws to prevent genocide The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has passed a resolution to form a select committee that will put in place mechanisms to combat, outlaw and prevent genocide. The committee shall, in addition, look at the security impact of genocide ideology in the region which witnessed a horrific human slaughter in 1994 in Rwanda in which about one million people were massacred. EALA members during a visit to Nairobi Burundi ID not yet suitable for travel — minister the security of the Burundi ID will Burundi’s mMinistry for EAC Affairs has said that determine whether Burundi will join other partner states already using national IDs for travelling within the region. “The Burundi ID is still unreliable, that is why we couldn’t join the single tourist visa or ID to travel to those countries. You can find one person in possession of two IDs from different birth Burundi citizens at a workshop. Presidents Pierre Nkurunzinza of Burundi and Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania during the signing of the Monetary Union Protocol in Uganda. Picture: File Uganda ≥atifies the moneta≥y union By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent THE EAST AFRICAN Monetary Union is set to be launched soon following its ratification by all the five EAC partner states. Uganda, which was the last to ratify the protocol, deposited its ratification instruments with the EAC Secretariat in Arusha last week. Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya ratified the protocol last year. Uganda, it it reported, delayed ratifying the EAMU protocol due to budgetary constraints. “Like the Common Mar- ket Protocol and Customs Union, the Monetary Union will be officially launched in each partner state simultaneously for its implementation,” said Peter Njoroge, director of economics at Kenya’s Ministry of EAC “The launch will either be presided over by the country president or respective EAC ministries depending on the country’s arrangements,” he added. Mr Njoroge said the rati- fication of the EAMU has paved the way for the partner states to start the proc- ess of implementing the protocol in the next 10 years. According to Mr Njoroge the priority areas as per the protocol schedule will be the establishment of the EAC Monetary Institute and creation of an institution responsible for surveillance, compliance and enforcement by 2018. The other institutions to be created will include one in charge of collecting statistics and another responsible for financial services. In November last year, the EAC central bank governors agreed that each country should at all times have enough dollars to buy 4.5 months’ worth of imports, yielding to pressure from Kenya, which felt the initial proposal of six months would hurt economies seeking to promote exports. The single currency is the third pillar of the EAC integration after the Customs Union and the Common Market, which have paid off through improved turnaround for movement of cargo from Mombasa to Kampala from 18 to four days and from Mombasa to Kigali from 21 days to six days.
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