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The East African : December 30th 2013
2 AGENDA The week ahead WEDNESDAY New Year celebrations The world ushers in 2014. The first day of the year is a holiday marked across the world. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS DECEMBER 28, 2013 - JANUARY 3, 2014 KHALEDA ZIA: Bangladesh’s main opposition party leader is being kept under virtual house arrest after she called for a mass march aimed at ruining the country’s general election scheduled for January 5. RECEP ERDOGAN: The Turkish prime minister announced a major Cabinet reshuffle after three ministerial resignations over a corruption inquiry. Mr Erdogan named 10 new ministers — almost half of his total roster, BBC reported. POPE FRANCIS: The Catholic Church leader dedicated most of his Christmas Day prayer to crisis stricken countries including those in Africa, calling for tolerance and peace. He prayed for peace in DR Congo and South Sudan. SHINZO ABE: Japan’s prime minister has been criticised for visiting the Yasukuni shrine, which honours 2.5 million war dead including convicted class A war criminals. He drew rebukes from the US, China and South Korea. HISHAM QANDIL: Former Egyptian prime minister was arrested as tensions rose after a major car-bomb attack on a police building killed 15 people. The Interior Ministry said ex-premier was arrested in the desert outside Cairo. THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments WEDNESDAY Launch of Single Tourist Visa The Rwanda Development Board launches tourism marketing programme as the new East African Community Single Tourist Visa comes into force on January 1, 2014. Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda are expected to launch the single Visa. Neutral African countries urged to fund own research African governments have been urged to invest in local science research to find solutions to some problems on the continent. According to Coumba Ndoffene Diouf, programmes manager at the Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa, the continent should fund its own research to find solutions to its problems instead of relying on donor funds. An analyst carries out tests in a laboratory 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 Comesa forms council to harmonise economic policies Comesa has established a council to steer the multilateral fiscal surveillance framework that will pave the way to harmonising economic policies across the member states. The convergence council will report to the Council of Ministers and the Authority of Heads of State and Governments. Each year, during the last quarter, the convergence council will issue the annual broad guidelines of economic policy. Comesa Heads of State Summit Duke of Cambridge joins anti-poaching war in Africa The Duke of Cambridge has called on the world to halt Africa’s “poaching epidemic.” One of the founders of Microsoft, Paul Allen, has announced that his family trust will fund an Africa-wide survey to finance anti-poaching programmes in Africa. Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its elephants in the next 10 years if poaching continues at current levels. Carcass of an elephant killed by poachers EAC states told to invest more in agribusiness EAC member states should invest more in agribusiness if the region is to produce quality agricultural products for the global market. Charles Brewer, managing director of DHL Express for sub-Saharan Africa, said the sector provides opportunities through the full value chain from agricultural production through secondary processing, distribution and retailing to the end user. Sunflower plant at an agribusiness expo in Kenya A traveller fills in immigration forms at Malaba border. Picture: File Expe≥ts endo≥se use of IDs at EA bo≥de≥s By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent R wanda, Uganda and Kenya will begin using national and student identity cards as travel documents for their citizens. The three countries adopted the use of IDs as travel documents across their borders at an experts meeting in Kigali on December 17. President Uhuru Keny- atta of Kenya, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda are scheduled to officially launch the use of the documents in early 2014 at the Malaba and Katuna borders. All the three members of the Coalition of the Willing have announced their readiness to implement the use of national and student IDs for Kenya and Rwanda and voters’ cards or students IDs for Uganda. In the East African Com- munity, only Rwanda and Kenya issue national identity cards. Uganda and Tanzania are in the process of issuing their national identity cards as an EAC requirement. The three countries have agreed to use machine-readable and electronic national identity cards as travel documents for their nationals who wish to travel across the three countries. According to the ar- rangement heads of immigration pepartments from the three states, are expected to issue a circular to points of entry on January 1, 2014 “A traveler shall show the national identity, voter’s or student identity cards to both immigration officers and receive the coupon from the immigration officer of the entry country, which allows him or her to proceed with her/his travel. An entry stamp of six months shall be endorsed on the coupon,” reads the experts’ repport released after the meeting. In case the coupon is lost while in the country, the traveler will be required to present him/herself to the nearest immigration office for issuance of another coupon. “A traveller who uses a partner state as transit, shall present a national ID, voter’s or student card at the common border of partner states and use a standard travel document to exit a partner state for his or her destination, on condition of presenting a coupon from the entry point,” reads the report.
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