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The East African : January 6th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY Schools open for first term in Kenya Primary and secondary schools officially to begin the first term of the academic year in Kenya TUESDAY Africa 2014 prospects seminar, London The Royal African Society will host the “Africa in 2014: Prospects & Forecasts” seminar at Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), and University of London. WEDNESDAY Management seminar, Gaborone A three-day 2nd Biannual Academy of Management Africa Conference under the theme ‘Sustainable Development in Africa through Management Theory, Research and Practice” will be held in in Gaborone, Botswana. WILLIAM MGIMWA: The Tanzania minister for finance died in a South African hospital, where he had been admitted for more than one month. The 63-year-old was also the Kalenga Member of Parliament. ARIEL SHARON: The health of the former Israeli prime minister, who has been in a coma since 2006, is said to be critical. He is said to be suffering from a malfunction of several organs including the kidneys. HERY RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA: The former finance minister won Madagascar’s first presidential election since a coup in 2009 but his closest rival, Louis Robinson, said the vote was rigged. JAMES AVERY: The American actor, best known as Phil Banks in US TV series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” died last week. Avery died in Glendale, California, following complications from open heart surgery. BILL DE BLASIO: Was inaugurated as the 109th mayor of New York on January 1. He succeeds Michael Bloomberg, who led the city in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the recession six years later. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS JANUARY 4-10,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Uganda to focus on electricity, railway and roads Uganda will put infrastructural development at the top of its priorities this year as the country seeks to ease the doing business environment. In his end of year speech, President Yoweri Museveni said electricity, the railway and the roads would be used to transform the economy. “We are going to build a standard gauge railway system to Gulu-Nimule and to Kasese-Kabaale,” he said. A sample fof the new standard gauge railway line 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 One-stop border projects still on course The one-stop border post construction programme will continue in 2014, according to EAC officials. The EAC plans to establish onestop posts at 15 border crossings in the region. The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) passed the One Stop Border Posts Bill 2012 last year, paving the way for it to become regional law if assented to by the heads of state. Gatuna bordr post Process for Somalia to join bloc to start soon the EAC will start the verification process for the accession of Somalia to the Community this year. In his end of year message, EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera also urged the Government of South Sudan and its opponents to firmly commit to the Igad-led process and return the country to peace and stability. A moneychanger in Mogadishu Rwanda to link SMEs with private equity firms Rwanda plans to link the country’s small and medium enterprises — the country’s biggest employer — with private equity firms as a means of diversifying funding sources for businesses. Despite the sector’s size, it has not been able to tap from the regional market as most SMEs lack funds and operate informally operate informally. Of the 100,000 SMEs, only 25,000 are registered. Traders in Kigali The US will help the EAC partners adopt globally recognised standards for products. Picture: File US pledges help fo≥ inte≥national deals By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent T he US has pledged to assist East African Com- munity partner states in dealing with international trade organisations. Under the new Usaid- Standards Alliance programme, the US government will help the five countries improve their standards and regulatory development to the standards of World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. The programme will pro- vide technical assistance for trade capacity building andways of increasing exports. It will also help the EAC partners adopt globally recognised standards and norms for products, besides assisting them streamline their regulatory processes for export products. This will be done via in- struction on the principles underlying the TBT/ WTO Agreement; implementation of the agreement’s code of practice for the preparation, adoption and application of standards; and transparency in technical regulation. Thhe EAC countries will then be able to reduce the costs and bureaucratic hurdles associated with export- ing for US producers, while improving the quality and safety of the products they export abroad. US companies benefit when the standards and regulations adopted by developing countries align with global norms and practices, as this enables US producers to make one product and export it to many countries. The five EAC countries are among a few others in the developing world selected to benefit from the five-year programme. The pledge comes at a time when the US is in the process of the trade relationship with African countries beyond 2015 for a period of not less than 10 years. African countries have been pushing for an extension of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) that is expected to expire on September 30, 2015. This is expected to give African countries ample time to build competitive capacity in global markets. Agoa is a preferential market access system given to specific countries in Africa and the Caribbean by the US government as the countries continue in efforts to open their economies and create free markets.
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