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The East African : November 25th 2013
2 AGENDA The week ahead: TUESDAY Finance, investment meeting in Nairobi The Finance & Investment East Africa 2013 conference in Nairobi will gather key industry and finance leaders, investors, government representatives, regulators and advisers in the telecom, media and technology sectors. Uhuru to address EALA in Nairobi Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will address the second session of the third East African Legislative Assembly, taking place at the Kenya National Assembly. Food processing, packaging expo A three-day Food Processing and Packaging Expo will be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi. THURSDAY Media summit, awards in Kampala Two-day Sixth EAC Media Summit and Third EAC Media Awards take place at the Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala. SATURDAY Presidents’ summit, rally in Kampala EAC Heads of State Summit starts at Speke Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala , followed by a public rally. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS NOVEMBER 23-29,2013 CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER: The Argentine president appointed new Cabinet members hours after returning to work following a brain surgery six weeks ago, in an effort to tackle an economic crisis and strengthen her support. DAVID SEJUSA: Uganda former spy chief might lose his seat following a decision by MPs to remove him from office after he was found guilty of being absent without permission. The vote follows two months of inquiry. NICOLAS MADURO: The Venezuelan president will govern without consulting Congress for 12 months after the country’s National Assembly gave a final approval to special powers for the president last week. JOHN F KENNEDY: The late US president was for the first time honoured in Dallas near the street where an assassin’s bullet took his life 50 years ago. Dallas was seen as a “dark city” after the assassination and avoided any commemoration. DORIS LESSING: The British writer died peacefully at her home in London last Sunday. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 aged 88 — the oldest recipient of the accolade and the 11th woman to win the award. THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Poor land use a setback to agricultural production Gaps in knowledge and access to information on land use remain a challenge to agricultural production across the region, a new report by a regional committee on land indicates. The report, A Parliamentarian Response to the Land Rush, concludes that investors and land owners lack the knowledge to create a balance between longterm development goals and short- term needs in agriculture, leaving the sector vulnerable. Unused private land in Kenya’s Rift Valley. 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 Region’s grain trade in jeopardy Failure to harmonise the grain trade across the five EAC member states has caused governments to spend more on the importation of the product. According to experts, each country has its own standards raising disputes, particularly with regard to grading, “What Tanzania knows as grade one or two, may not apply to Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya,” said Patricia Ejalu, the deputy executive director of Uganda National Bureau of Imported maize at the port of Mombasa. Delayed report to blame for unending Migingo dispute A delay in delivering a report on the Migingo Island (pictured) dispute is to blame for the unending wrangles between Kenya and Uganda, two years since the survey was commissioned. The survey team is yet to produce a report on the demarcation of the border, leaving the mandate in citizens’ hands, with each side claiming ownership. The Ninth Uganda-Kenya Joint Border Commissioners’ Meeting has asked the committee to speed up the process. Regional countries urged to preserve cultural identity EAC Heads of State have been urged to sign and ratify the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance, in a move that will enable the five member countries to revive and maintain their cultural diversities despite the integration process. The concern by the East African Legislative Assembly comes at a time when African culture is under threat from the West, modernisation and urbanisation. Maasai morans. A cruise boat in the River Nile in Cairo. Picture: AFP ‘Sec≥et talks’ on Nile wate≥s spa≥k debate By FRED OLUOCH Special Correspondent SOME NILE Basin countries are concerned that they have been kept in the dark on the tripartite negotiations involving Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the use of the Nile waters. The talks were prompted by the decision by Ethiopia to construct the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, but concerned countries say they are being conducted behind the scenes. Ugandan ambassador to Egypt Richard Angualia said that the rest of the Nile Basin countries were hoping that those involved in the tripartite talks would come out and brief them because they are important members of the Great Lakes region. “We hear they keep on talking behind the scenes but we are not aware of what they are talking about and how far they have gone,” said Mr Angualia. But Egyptian govern- ment spokesman and the Director of Public Diplomacy Badr Abdellatty argued that the issue was between three countries, and that the progress report would be revealed after a meeting of water ministers from the three countries scheduled for Khartoum on December 8. “We are having dialogue with everybody concerned and we believe the Nile waters belong to every stakeholder, and every country can benefit without hurting the interest of any country. The fact that we are not announcing the progress does not mean that we have ulterior motives,” said Dr Abdellatty. He said Egypt would con- tinue to dialogue with all the 10 Nile Basin countries based on mutual interest because the aim was for them to achieve the three pillars of water, energy and economic development. Egypt had expressed con- cern that the planned lake adjacent to the Grand Renaissance Dam will be filled by 74 billion cubic metres within three years, which will affect the flow of water to the country. Cairo wanted the lake to be filled within a period of 10 years. In June, a report by the International Panel of Experts regarding the Grand Renaissance Dam, showed that the $4.7 billion dam, with a capacity of 6,000MW, will not have any major effect on lower riparian countries of Egypt and Sudan. Egypt, however, insisted that some deficiencies still needed to be cleared before the project is implemented.
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