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The East African : January 13th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY ICC ruling The International Criminal Court Trial Chamber delivers a ruling on whether Deputy President William Ruto will attend his trial at The Hague in person or will be excused. Food security Improving Rural Livelihoods and Food Security Conference will be held at Serena Hotel, Kigali. MUKHTAR ABLYAZOV: France has approved the extradition of the Kazakh tycoon to Russia or Ukraine to face fraud charges. Mr Ablyazov is accused of stealing billions of dollars from Kazakh BTA Bank in 2009. TIGER WOODS: The renowned golfer has retained his position as the highest earning sportsman — more than $1.3 billion last year. Woods could become the first athlete to reach $1.6 billion in earnings by 2015. AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI: Iran’s supreme leader on Thursday said enmity of the US towards the Muslim world is clear in the ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers. Iran maintains that its nuclear work is peaceful. MOHAMMED MORSI: Egypt’s ousted leader missed his trial session last week after officials said bad weather had prevented his helicopter from taking off. BBC reported that other defendants had arrived by helicopter. YAYA TOURE: The Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder scooped the Confederation of African Football Footballer of the Year award beating Ivorian Didier Drogba, of Galatasaray, and Nigerian John Obi-Mikel of Chelsea. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS JANUARY 11-17,2014 The Kigali Serena will host a conference on food security. TUESDAY Conference Pan Arab Rheumatology 2014 Conference will be held at Grand Hyatt Dubai up to Friday. WEDNESDAY Panel discussion Contemporary Cultures of Opposition in Africa panel discussion at the University of London. THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Rwanda gets $1 million funding for food safety Rwanda has received $1 million in funding from The Netherlands to boost food safety and support the country’s initiative to reduce contamination in processed food by 80 per cent by 2018. The funds will boost the capacity of the Rwanda Bureau of Standards’ research department in developing post-harvest and mechanisation standards, and train technical staff over the next three years. Workers at the Kinazi Cassava Processing Plant in Rwanda. 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 Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda agree to jointly fight crime Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya have signed an agreement to jointly fight crime across the three member states. Defence ministers from the three countries met in Kigali last week and signed the Mutual Defence and Security Pact on joint efforts to tackle terrorism, including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. The three countries also plan to harmonise their defence and security policies. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour by Rwandan Defence Forces in Kigali. Researchers urge Uganda to set up agricultural bank Poor co-ordination is to blame for lack of access to finances by smallholder farmers in Uganda, resulting in food insecurity, researchers from the Makerere University Economic Policy Research Centre have said. The researchers have now urged the Ugandan government to consider establishing an agricultural development bank to improve access to funds to the farmers. Ugandan farmers need access to financing. KRA upgrades tax system to stop illegal trading Kenya Revenue Authority, through its new automated system, will reduce revenue leaks through illegal trade like diversion of cargo to neighbouring countries. TradeMark East Africa said full automation of Customs procedures at the port of Mombasa could reduce cargo clearance to 12 hours from the current eight to nine days. The new system will have features to support Customs operations. Containers await clearance at Mombasa port. EAC delegates at a meeting. Regional trade ministers have called for harsher penalties for unscrupulous traders. Pic: File Unethical t≥ade≥s could be penalised By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent EAST AFRICAN Community trade ministers are seeking to introduce penalties to stop anti-competitive business practices in the region. The ministers have di- rected that a provision be introduced into the EAC Competition Act 2006 that spells out the punishment for companies that abuse the region’s market dominance and prohibit partner state subsidies. The EAC Sectoral Coun- cil of Ministers of Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment proposed that the amendment process start soon so as to ensure that partner states implement it. Currently, only Kenya and Tanzania have competition laws and a National Competition Authority. Burundi and Rwanda have the laws in place but they are not operational because the two countries do not have institutions in place to implement them. Uganda has a Bill in parliament to have their national competition law in place as required by the EAC, and thereafter establish an institution that will control and regulate the system. Peter Mathuki, Kenya’s East Africa Legislative Assembly representative, said if implemented, the Act is expected to protect EAC consumers from exploitation by traders through overtaxing and overpricing of goods. With the proposed amendments, a company that violates the law will have to pay a penalty of a percentage of its annual turnover, or an imprisonment for a period of not more than two years, or both. Previously, the penalty was $10,000; proponents of the changes have termed it too low to curb anti-competitive behaviour. The ministers say the new measures will ensure that traders providing false information are punished, and want the provision to have a clause on mergers and acquisitions, counterfeits and other intellectual property rights violations. The Act provides for the establishment of an East African Competitions Authority to co-ordinate enforcement of the EAC Counterfeit and other Intellectual Property Rights Violations Act. The Act is expected to reduce corruption, ensure that consumers gain from regional integration, and limit the power of large companies.
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