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The East African : June 23rd 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead: MONDAY • Unep headquarters in Nairobi hosts 1,200 delegates for its first United Nations Environment Assembly. • A Global Fund media breakfast at Panafric Hotel, Nairobi. • World Bank launches strategic plan for Kenya at The Stanley Hotel, Nairobi. • The Renewables and Mining Summit at the Hilton Sandton, Johannesburg. Energy decision makers from African mines and renewable energy experts will discuss challenges of remote and grid-tied mining operations. TUESDAY • Agritec Africa to showcase agricultural technology at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi. • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) hosts the Food Additives and Food Safety Workshop at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. Scientists and manufacturers will discuss the use of additives in the food industry and relevant and emerging issues around the practice. WEDNESDAY • The International Conference on Democratic Governance in Africa, Asia and the Middle East at the Kigali Serena, Rwanda. THURSDAY • UAP Life Assurance hosts Kenya Top 100 Forum, ‘’Attracting and retaining critical talent through employee benefits,” at the Intercontinental, Nairobi. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS JUNE 21-27,2014 PETER MUTHARIKA: Malawi’s president has appointed nine ministers, ending three weeks of speculation since he was sworn in. He has pledged a slimmer Cabinet of 20 to cut costs in the donor-dependent Southern African nation. CHARLES TAYLOR: Former Liberia president has asked to serve the rest of his war crimes sentence in Rwanda, claiming that being detained in the UK denies him the right to a family life, BBC reports. MOHAMED BADIE: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood chief and 13 others have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court, charged with violence that killed 10 people in Cairo last summer according to news reports. JACOB ZUMA: South Africa’s president delivered his first State of the Nation address of his second term under pressure to address economic revival and the deep mistrust between the government, unions and the private sector. PETRO POROSHENKO: The new president of Ukraine will sign a controversial association agreement with the European Union on June 27 in what is seen as an effort to maintain peace in the war-torn country. THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Uganda looks to neighbours in its railway plans Uganda sees the railway as integral to improving its trade with neighbouring countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. An invitation will be extended to six Chinese companies next month to compete for as much as $8 billion worth of contracts to expand the country’s railway network and help improve trade routes. A cargo train on the Kenya-Uganda railway WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: email@example.com P.O. Box 49010 GPO Nairobi 00100 Tel: 328 8406-10 Dar es Salaam Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 2119657-9 Fax: 232781 ADVERTISING, CIRCULATION, SUBSCRIPTIONS ARUSHA Nassib Majamba, Summit Centre, 3rd Floor, Sokoine Road, P.O Box 14146, Arusha Tel +255 272 544505 email@example.com DAR ES SALAAM Prosper Lawrence, Harbour View Towers, 4th Floor, Samora Avenue P.O Box 8101, Dar es salaam Tel +255 22 2119657/8/9 Fax +255 22 2115566 firstname.lastname@example.org KAMPALA Richard Senkwale, Crested Towers, Short Tower, 7th Floor, Hannington Road, P.O. Box 6100, Kampala. Tel: 232771/2, Fax: 232781 E-mail: email@example.com KIGALI 13th Floor, Kigali City Tower Tel: +250784336355, Kigali. TEAAdvertisingRW@rw.nationmedia.com NAIROBI ADVERTISING AND CIRCULATION Connie Mwangemi, Nation Centre, Kimathi Street, P.O. 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 Insufficient data hampers livestock, fisheries growth Failure by East African Community member states to collect adequate livestock and fisheries statistical data means the region has no basis on which to gauge marketing, investment and policy decisions. Jessica Eriyo, the EAC Deputy SecretaryGeneral in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, has urged states to invest harmonised data collection. in Ankole cattle. Experts have called for more data Single Customs Territory dream nears fruition The EAC is closer to a Single Customs Territory (SCT) with more items added to its clearance list. Beverages such as mineral water, soft drinks and beer wil be cleared under the SCT, which seeks to speed up goods clearance and quicken revenue collection. A Uganda Revenue Authority notice effective June 16 saw imports from Kenya cleared using SCT with expectations to include all items from July 1. Cargo trucks lined up at the port of Mombasa Region to be ripe for ‘super banana’ if tests bear fruit East Africa could by 2020 join regions where a genetically engineered banana touted as “super-enriched” will be grown, improving the lives of millions of people. A six-week inaugural human trial in the United States will test the crop’s effect on vitamin A levels. Uganda, where banana is a staple, will likely be the first East African country to grow the “super banana,” according to the project co-ordinators. A banana farmer inspects his crop Rwanda-bound trucks approach the Rusumo bridge. Tanzania has reduced road toll fees for Burundian trucks, having done the same for Rwanda’s last year. Picture: Cyril Ndegeya Tanzania toll ≥elief fo≥ Bu≥undi t≥ucks By H. MOUSSA Special Correspondent B urundi has welcomed Tanzania’s move to re- duce truck road toll fees by 69.6 per cent. The East African Com- munity’s Common Market Protocol requires partner states to eliminate restrictions based on nationality, place of residence, current payments and where capital is invested. After a couple of negotia- tion meetings, Tanzania relaxed and harmonised road toll fees for Burundian-registered trucks from $500 to $152 per truck to match the fee for the other EAC partner states. Burundi’s Minister for EAC Affairs Leontine Nzeyimana said the move was critical to the business climate in her country as it will reduce the cost of doing business there. “This came at the crucial time for Burundi since the consumers and traders have started enjoying the benefits from the decision made by the Tanzanian government,” Ms Nzeyimana said. The reduction of the road toll charges is likely to result in cheaper prices for goods imported from Tanzania to Burundi, mainly rice and wheat flour. At 18, Tanzania ranks as the country with the highest number of non-tariff barriers (NTBs), according to the East African Common Market Scorecard 2014 report. Progress in the elimina- tion of NTBs has been slow and some partner states have introduced new measures. Since the Common Mar- ket Protocol came into force in 2010, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have introduced at least 10 restrictions on the movement of capital. New restrictions In services, several new restrictions have been introduced or carried over from the older laws since the protocol was signed and 51 NTBs arising from regulatory measures by governments were identified between 2008 and June 2013. Last year, Dar es Salaam took a similar step, reducing the road toll charges for Rwandan-registered trucks from $500 to $152. The easing and waiving of fees by partner states shows political will to beat the 2015 deadline to fully implement the Common Market Protocol.
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