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The East African : March 24th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead TUESDAY Joint conference of ministers The seventh Joint Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance of the AU Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will be held in Abuja. State of EAC address Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya President and the Chairperson of EAC heads of state summit will give his first state of EAC address at EAC headquarters, Arusha during the East African Legislative Assembly. THURSDAY ‘Road to Abuja’ discussion The road to Abuja: connecting east Africa panel discussion will be held at Crowne Plaza, Nairobi. FRIDAY Energy management awards Kenya Association of Manufacturers will host its 10th Annual Energy Management Awards at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. SATURDAY Uneca conference The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Abuja, Nigeria, from March 29 to 30. MICHELLE OBAMA: The First Lady of the US has said she will not take questions from reporters or give interviews during her tour of China that began last week. Members of the press corps usually follow the first family. VLADIMIR PUTIN: The Russian president signed a treaty in Moscow on Tuesday, making Crimea part of Russia, and defying Western sanctions. He said he has no plan to seize any other regions of the Ukraine. IRENE MULYAGONJA: Uganda’s inspector general of government last week ordered the Uganda National Examinations Board to conduct fresh interviews for its executive secretary, citing malpractices in the previous exercise. JACOB ZUMA: South Africa’s president is under pressure to resign following reports that he used taxpayers’ money for personal gain. An anti-corruption watchdog found he had misused $23 million of taxpayers’ money. JOYCE BANDA: Malawi’s president condemned clashes between opposition protesters and police that left two people dead at an election rally, saying they were “politically motivated” and called for a thorough investigation. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS MARCH 22-28,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Local goverments could strengthen integration Local governments are an effective avenue to strengthen the integration process, EAC officials have said. The EAC is struggling to sell the idea of integration to its citizens. “We recognise that local governments shape local economies and politics. It is also at the local levels that the effects of regional integration can be felt,” said Richard Sezibera, the EAC secretary general. EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera. By KEVIN J KELLEY Special Correspondent 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 First meeting held on EAC financial integration The EAC last week held its first meeting on the harmonisation and co-ordination of public financial management standards. “It is critical ground for a robust fiscal regime for the implementation of the Monetary Union,” said Enos Bukuku, EAC Deputy Secretary General. The World Bank last year committed $1 million to support the harmonisation process among the partner states. Presidents Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi and Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania sign the Monetary Union Protocol. EAC seeks supplemetary budget of $2.14 million The EAC secretariat seeks a supplementary budget of $2.14 million to support, agriculture, trade and customs operations. Minister of State for EAC Affairs in Uganda Shem Bageine presented the budget proposal to the House last week. Inadequate funds are a major challenge hampering the creation of One Stop Border Posts and a new Customs regime for traders to be charged in a single country. EALA members at a meeting in Mombasa. Select goods to be cleared through Single Customs From April 1, importers and exporters of cigarettes, cement and neutral spirit originating from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda for trade within the three countries can clear their goods through the Single Customs Territory system, the Kenya Revenue Authority has said. Importers can fill the import declaration forms in their home country and pay taxes in advance. (See story on page 40.) Malaba town at the border of Kenya and Uganda. THE ONGOING African Union offensive against Al Shabaab in western Somalia represents “a turning point in Somalia’s struggle to bring lasting peace to all its people,” United Nations envoy Nicholas Kay declared last week. His statement came soon after Al Shabaab killed several AU and Somali government soldiers in a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in a town recently captured from the Islamist insurgents. It was the most recent in a series of deadly explosions carried out by the group that has been fighting in Somalia for nearly 10 years. A spokesman for Ami- som, the AU’s military mission in Somalia, said three Somali soldiers, three AU soldiers from Djibouti and seven Al Shabaab fighters died in the blast. The militants said they had killed 30 Amisom troops. The AU refuses to specify the number of casualties it has sustained in Somalia since Amisom’s establishment in 2007. UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said last year that about 3,000 Amisom soldiers have been killed in that time. Amisom currently has about 22,000 soldiers and police in Somalia, with personnel drawn from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda. All those countries have reasons to fear attacks by Al Shabaab operatives, warn US and European experts on Somalia. “Al Shabaab will likely continue to attack countries that have deployed forces in Somalia,” Norwegian author Stig Jarle Hansen wrote last month in a journal published by a counter-terrorism centre at the US military academy at West Point, New York. A similar prognosis was offered by Somalia specialist Ken Menkhaus in the same edition of the counterterrorism journal. “Kenya, and possibly oth- er countries in East Africa and the Horn, is likely to be the target of additional alShabaab attacks, especially as al-Shabaab responds to a major Amisom offensive inside Somalia in the first months of 2014,” Prof Menkhaus wrote. Tanzania, too, has cause to worry about Shabaab activities, Mr Hansen, author of the book Al Shabaab in Somalia, said at a forum in Washington in December. Amisom soldiers walk into BBuula Burde on March 14, after its succesful capture the day before. Picture: AFP Somalia: Will AU attack tu≥n the tide?
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