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The East African : July 7th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead TUESDAY Lusaka to host workshop on gender External African Validation of the Gender Statistics Toolkit Workshop in Lusaka, Zambia. Kenyan MPC to meet over lending rates The Monetary Policy Committee will meet at Central Bank of Kenya building to decide on the direction of the benchmark lending rate that currently stands at 8.5 per cent. WEDNESDAY Meeting to celebrate pan Africanism Two-two day Ancestry Reconnection Programme (APR) meeting, a gathering to celebrate pan Africanism and a reunion of the African people that will also mark the end of yearlong activities to commemorate the founding of the OAU/AU in Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil. THURSDAY Nigeria to host Internet conference 3rd African Internet Governance Forum in Abuja, Nigeria from July 10 to 12. According to the Secretariat of the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF), the third AfIGF will discuss critical issues of relevance and concern to the continent as part of a global 10-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society. NICOLAS SARKOZY: The former French president has been placed under formal investigation over graft allegations. He appeared before a judge in Paris late on Tuesday after 15 hours of questioning by anti-corruption police. ROBERT MUGABE: Zimbabwe’s president has once more called on the country’s remaining white farmers to cede land to black people. “We say no to whites owning our land and they should go,” he told his supporters. ERNEST BAI KOROMA: The Sierra Leonean president, his deputy and all Cabinet ministers will forfeit part of their July salary as a contribution to a fund to fight the deadly Ebola epidemic in the country. MICHAEL SATA: The mystery of the Zambian president’s whereabouts is causing uncertainty in the country. Last week, the government said that President Sata was scheduled to meet his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres. OSCAR PISTORIUS: The double amputee blade runner accused of murdering his girlfriend last year has a split personality. It was revealed last week in court that his split personality that has led to the formation of “two Oscars.” FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS JULY 5-11,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Construction of Mombasa-Kigali highway in the offing Plans are afoot to construct a six-lane superhighway connecting Mombasa and Kigali. The road is scheduled to be completed by 2024. In a charter agreed upon by 13 government agencies and departments, the Kenya National Highways Authority promised to work with Uganda and Rwanda in constructing the 1,600km road within three to 10 years.. 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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 Integration awareness campaign kicks off The EAC Regional Programme for Sensitisation of Border Communities commenced on 24 June at Rusumo town on the border of Rwanda and Tanzania. The programme’s overall objective is to raise awareness among cross-border communities within the EAC region, with focus on small scale traders to enhance their understanding of the EAC integration agenda, as well as identify the opportunities preesented by the EAC integration. Rusumo border. Tanzania to remove trade restrictions next year Tanzania has reassured the EAC it will open its capital markets for investors from member countries from next year. The region’s second largest economy has committed to lifting all restrictions in its capital markets ahead of the East African Community’s 2015 deadline for elimination of trade barriers. This is in line with the Common Market Protocol member countries signed to facilitate free movement of goods, labour and capital. Stockbrockers at Dar es Salaam bourse. Farmers push for enactment of regional Sacco Bill Leading agricultural organisations in East Africa are pushing for a regional legislation on co-operatives to give farmers and other stakeholders an edge in exploiting the opportunities in an economically integrated region. Led by the East African Farmers’ Federation, stakeholders have drafted the EAC Co-operative Societies Bill, 2014, which is currently under discussion by all partner states. A farmer feeds dairy cows. Inspectors inspect drugs at a chemist. Picture: File Rwanda, Uganda sign medicine impo≥ts deal By SCOLA KAMAU Special Correspondent RWANDA AND Uganda have signed a bilateral agreement to open their markets for pharmaceutical products. In addition, the deal will boost the war against the cross-border trade in fake drugs. The deal will enhance exchange of information in pharmaceutical products with a framework to promote medical research and development of the pharmaceutical industry. Officials said the two countries will access drugs manufactured by companies across borders. Uganda requested Rwan- da to consider granting Quality Chemicals Industries Ltd, a pharmaceutical company based in Uganda, access to Rwanda‘s market for antiretroviral, anti-malarial and other drugs. According to François Kanimba, Rwanda’s Minister for Trade and Industry, both countries will establish a framework to promote medical research and development of the pharmaceutical industry. Rwanda is among Af- rican countries where a 2013 study by American Enterprise showed no fake tuberculosis or antimalarial treatments were found. The agreement comes at a time East African Community member states are seeking to step up drugs production to cut on costs incurred in imports. According to the EAC Secretariat, member states kicked off the implementation of the EAC Regional Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan of Action (EACPMPOA 2012-2016) last year by constituting a project steering committee, but the process is still slow. The EACPMPOA has been put in place to address the challenges the region is facing in the provision of safe and affordable medicines. The provision of such medicines and other quality health commodities remains a major challenge in the region due to inadequate local production and over reliance on importation of finished pharmaceutical products from outside the region. The task before states is how to align existing different national laws and policies on intellectual property rights protection to cater for a new regional framework.
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