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The East African : Mar 30th 2015
2 AGENDA The week ahead: MONDAY Agenda 2063 meet A two-day African Conference of Ministers on implementing Agenda 2063- Planning, Mobilising and Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN regional forum A two-day UN Economic Commission for Africa regional forum on sustainable development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. TUESDAY Pest control conference A two-day international conference for the control and eradication of pests in ruminant animals will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. WEDNESDAY Leadership summit A two-day annual leadership summit under the theme Leadership For Global Economic Outlook at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. EAC meeting A four-day EAC Extra-ordinary Meeting of the Sectoral Council responsible for EAC Affairs and Planning in Arusha, Tanzania. Development forum A global forum on development, focusing on the theme Post2015 Financing for Sustainable Development, will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. KARIM WADE: The son of Senegal’s former president Abdoulaye Wade has been sentenced to six years in prison for graft and fined $200 million for illegal enrichment. His civic rights will be suspended for the next 10 years. RAFAEL DE MORAIS: The Angolan journalist has been taken to court on charges of defaming military generals after he accused them of links to the “blood diamond” trade, murder, torture and grabbing Angola’s diamond fields. JACQUELINE MBABAZI: Ugandan presidential guards denied the wife of former prime minister Amama Mbabazi entry to the NRM women’s league conference. She is the national chairperson of the women’s league. ANGELINA JOLIE: The American actress announced that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventive measure against cancer. Jolie, whose mother died from cancer, had a double mastectomy two years ago. CHARLES TAYLOR: Liberia’s former president has been ordered to serve the rest of his jail term in the UK, after his request to be transferred to Rwanda was rejected. He had argued that he was being denied his rights to a family life. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS MARCH 28 - APRIL 3, 2015 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Tanzania to rollout Single Customs Territory this year Tanzania is going to implement the Single Customs Territory in the next financial year, after the pilot, which began in 2014, proved successful. The system seeks to facilitate increased trade in the region, reduce the cost of doing business and eliminate dumping of goods in transit to protect industries and jobs, as processing and documentation of goods is done in the country of entry. The system will reduce the cost of doing business www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi E-mail: email@example.com 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 Burundi gets $1.2m to teach media, govt officials English Burundi’s Ministry of East Africa Affairs has received $1.2 million to help support teaching of English to government officials, the private sector, media and civil society. The English language is identified as a key enabler to increase Burundi’s competitiveness through enhanced communication as it conducts trade with its East African neighbours — the majority of whom use English as a business language. The training will be completed in June 2016. The move will help integration efforts Kenya warns importers to claim uncollected containers Kenya has given importers from Rwanda and Uganda one month to clear thousands of uncollected containers at the Mombasa port or risk having them auctioned. The Kenya Ports Authority said that uncollected containers from the two countries are taking up prime storage space, slowing down clearance and handling operations at the region’s largest port. As of March 4, there were 2,435 cargo containers belonging to Ugandan importers that had been at the port for more than 21 days. The containers are taking up prime storage space Two more state agencies join single online portal The Pests Control Products Board and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service will integrate their operations with the single online portal for lodging trade documents by the end of the month, further improving clearance of cargo. The Kenya Trade Network Agency — charged with implementing the Single Electronic Window System — said the two state agencies will shift to the platform, which already hosts more than 25 public agencies. The move will improve clearance of goods Both countries plan to intensify border patrols to curb the trade, which costs Tanzania about $8.3 million annually. Pic: File Da≥, Nai≥obi to jointly fight timbe≥ smuggling By ADAM IHUCHA Special Correspondent agreement that will see key border posts placed under tighter surveillance in order to curb timber smuggling. A 2012 study on the ille- T gal timber trade across the borders of the two countries said that Tanzania reportedly loses $8.3 million annually to timber smugglers, while Kenya loses about $10,000. The bilateral deal, signed in Arusha mid last week by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) acting director Emilio Mugo and the chief executive officer of the Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS) Juma Mgoo, will intensify surveillance of three border points identified as the most notorious for timber trafficking. The three border points are HorohoroLungalunga, Holili-Taveta and Namanga. The 2012 study said that Tanzania’s losses were due to undervaluation of timber and unrecorded volumes that crossed the border into Kenya. “This is not something we can take lightly. We must act to reverse the trend,” anzania and Kenya have signed a bilateral said Mr Mgoo. Mr Mugo said the agree- ment was part of joint efforts to manage forest resources in a more sustainable manner, with both countries co-ordinating their monitoring and law enforcement activities. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) country director for Tanzania, Amani Ngusaru, said the huge losses were unacceptable. The agreement is the re- sult of several years’ work by the WWF — the world’s leading conservation organisation — and TRAFFIC — the wild plants and animals trade monitoring network — which facilitated exchange visits and organised several meetings. Geofrey Mwanjela, WWF technical programme co-ordinator for the Coastal East Africa Initiative, said the signing of the agreement would enable Tanzania to engage in regional co-operation to reduce the illegal timber trade and improve forestry governance. “WWF is working with the EAC and SADC to strengthen inter-regional co-operation between forestry agencies in Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique and Zanzibar,” he said.
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