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The East African : May 5th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead: MONDAY Aviation suppliers, stakeholders meet The third annual Aviation Suppliers and Stakeholders Convention will be held at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. Regional agricultural workshop in Arusha The EAC Secretariat will host a regional Climate Smart Agriculture Policy and Practice Workshop to promote improved food security and resilient agricultural policies and practices in Arusha. TUESDAY African textile, footwear trade show A three-day African Textile, Apparel and Footwear Trade Event takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. WEDNESDAY Nigeria hosts World Economic Forum The World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in Abuja for three days. FRIDAY World Red Cross Day observed around globe Celebrations to mark the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day take place around the globe. The date is the birthday of Henry Dunant (born in 1828), the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross. MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: Zimbabwe’s opposition leader last week expelled his rival Tendai Biti from the MDC party, along with eight other members, on claims that Mr Biti and his group were President Robert Mugabe’s “sycophants.” BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Syrian president will contest the presidential elections due June, amid speculation that he could secure a third term in office despite a three-year-old civil war stemming from protests against his rule. VLADIMIR PUTIN: The Russian president warned that Western companies within Russia could be at risk following a fresh round of US and EU sanctions over Moscow’s failure to implement the Geneva peace deal in Ukraine. MOHAMED BADIE: The Muslim Brotherhood leader was sentenced to death, alongside 682 other alleged Islamists, by an Egyptian court in the southern province of Minya. The judge will confirm the verdict on June 21. UHURU KENYATTA: Kenya’s president last week signed into law a controversial Marriage Bill legalising polygamy. The Bill, opposed by female parliamentarians, allows men to take on more wives without consulting existing spouses. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS MAY 3-9,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral EA countries urged to speed up use of single currency Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the chairperson of the EAC Heads of State Summit, has urged member states to speed up the adoption of a common currency, aimed at enhancing trade and economic growth in the trading bloc. This is one of the requirements for the implementation of the East African Community Monetary Union, which experts say could be in place in 10 years’ time. Presidents Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya) and Yoweri Museveni (Uganda). WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: email@example.com P.O. 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Box 49010 GPO, Nairobi 00100 Tel: +254 20 328 8149 E-mail: email@example.com NAIROBI SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 328 8554/6/7 Fax: +254 2 214047/214565 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WTO to support region’s integration process The World Trade Organisation will facilitate the East African Community’s activities, according to Robert Azevedo, the organisation’s directorgeneral. Mr Azevedo was in Kenya last week and lauded regional countries for speeding up the movement of goods and people within the region. “I began my trip in Kenya to get firsthand experience of what you are doing to speed up the integration process,” he said. Kenya-Uganda border in Malaba Heads of state appoint three judges to the EACJ The East African Community Heads of state have appointed three judges to the regional court. Justices Aaron Ringera and Edward Rutakangwa were appointed to the Appellate Division of the EAC Court of Justice (EACJ), and Fakih Jundu to the First Instance Division. The three replace outgoing judges effective June, at a time when the EACJ turns paperless, a move expected to cut litigation costs. EACJ sub-registry in Nairobi. Comesa urged to establish Customs Union Manufacturers within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa face high tariffs because they lack a single Customs Union, prompting experts to urge the next Summit to set a date for the launch of the Comesa Customs Union. According to Comesa Secretary-General Sindiso Ngwenya, members will establish the common external tariff of 25 per cent on imports from outside the region. Duty-free sugar from Comesa at the port of Mombasa. Workers at an oil rig in Turkana County, northern Kenya where Tullow Oil discovered oil. In Uganda, a report by Tullow, Total E&P and CNOOC shows the country’s citizens are not ready to take up jobs in the sector. Pic: File Uganda oil fi≥ms task govt on skills fo≥ secto≥ By HALIMA ABDALLAH Special Correspondent OIL COMPANIES in Uganda have placed huge technical and financial demands on the government, aimed at helping citizens benefit from job opportunities in the oil and gas sector. The companies want the government and the private sector to invest in the necessary talent, goods and services that not only meet international standards, but also satisfy the needs of investors. The companies also want the government to fix roads, electricity and related infrastructure in good time if oil production is to start by 2017/2018 as anticipated. “If we do not do that, we will miss out. The private sector must provide the needed services. Otherwise, the services will have to be imported and all the money will go to foreign investors,” said Jessica Kyeyune, the national content manager of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). The demands come at a time Total E&P, Tullow Oil and CNOOC have jointly released a report that shows that the country’s citizens are ill-prepared to take up jobs in the sector. The companies commissioned an ex- tensive Industrial Baseline Survey in July last year, and the report was released last week. The report shows that the Lake Albert Basin Development project will create between 100,000 and 150,000 jobs, but not enough has been done to enable nationals to take up these opportunities. Uganda’s National Oil Policy of 2008 requires that oil companies provide employment to locals except in situations where the country lacks the expertise. The policy also demands that for each expatriate, a Ugandan must be attached for purposes of technology transfer. It also requires oil companies to contract services of local companies to supply goods and services except where local companies lack the capacity. “We are talking to the World Bank to make sure that institutions like Uganda Technical College Kicwamba are upgraded and the infrastructure improved to make sure that Ugandans who already have some qualifications are given short-term training to equip them with the necessary skills to work in the sector,” said Bernard Ongodia, senior geophysicist at the Ministry of Energy.
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