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The East African : July 28th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY Infrastructure meet Infrastructure conference at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. World Hepatitis Day TUESDAY E-learning conference African e – learning conference in Johannesburg WEDNESDAY Carbon pricing meet in India World Bank meeting on International Trends in Carbon Pricing in India THURSDAY Water week 2014 world water week kicks off FRIDAY Start of world breastfeeding week World Breastfeeding Week kicks off. MERIAM YAHIA IBRAHIM: The Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam met Pope Francis at his Vatican residence. The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith. SHIMON PERES: The 90year-old former Israel president and a Nobel Peace Prize winner who came to the presidency in 2007 has stepped down for right-wing parliamentarian Reuven Rivlin, an opponent of a two-state solution. JOKO WIDODO: The Jakarta governor was declared winner of Indonesia’s hotly contested presidential election on Tuesday with 53.15 per cent of the vote againsthis rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto’s 46.85 per cent. ROBERT MUGABE: The US has maintained its sanctions against Zimbabwe’s president and his inner circle. President Mugabe and 106 individuals are barred from travelling to or doing business with companies based in the US. BILL GATES: The billionaire has called for an audit of international aid to Africa. He said aid remains vital in ensuring Africa is lifted from poverty, but Africans needs to find solutions for their own problems, especially development issues. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS JULY 26 - AUGUST 1, 2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Farmers welcome increase in import duty on rice East African farmers have supported the increase in import duty on rice, but want more incentives. The duty change was effected two weeks ago following a notice by the East African Community published on June 20. Ambrose Makokha, finance manager at Lake Basin Development Company, said the move will reverse the trend of price declines suffered by local farmers as a result of cheap imports. Workers off loading rice 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 Lack of standards, a constraint to regional grain trade The absence of regional harmonised standards among staple foods producers is one of the constraining factors to the regional grain trade, according to a study conducted by the Eastern Africa Grain Council and the USAid East Africa Trade Hub. This has forced traders to set their own standards leading to inconsistencies regarding grades and standards. Member states need harmonised standards Kenya railways to wait 20 years for profits The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) will have to wait for at least 20 years before accruing any profits from the operations of the standard gauge railway if it is completed by 2023, KRC engineer, Solomon Ouno, has said. He said a railway line requires huge cargo movement in order to start giving returns but since entrepreneurs have lost confidence in the existing railway, it will take time to persuade them of the benefits of the SGR. Transporters need to use the railway for bulk cargo Insurance regulators urged to ensure growth of sector Insurance regulators from across the East African Community have called on industry players to double their efforts to ensure the sector realises its potential. The regional insurance sector accounts for less than 15 per cent of the total assets of the financial sector while the banking sector contributes over 50 per cent. This is as a result of the slow uptake of insurance services. Members of Kenya Insurers Association EAC to sta≥t issuing elect≥onic passpo≥t By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent a common electronic passport that will be recognised across the globe as from November 2015. This follows the adoption E of the design and road map of issuing the EAC e-passport by the Sectoral Council of Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs and Planning during their recent meeting in Arusha. The e–passport will have diplomatic, service and ordinary categories and is different from the current machine readable passport being issued by the partner states. It will be valid for up to 10 years while the diplomatic passport and service passport will be valid according to specific term of the service of the holder and will have 32 to 64 pages. The ministers directed that partner states may add any of their own relevant security features to enhance the security of the e–passport Currently, all EAC mem- ber states issue an ordinary EAC passport for travel across EAC member states. The regional passports give an automatic six month visa stay across the states. ast African partner states will start issuing In the region, only Bu- rundi issues a national epassport. The process of interna- tionalising the EAC passport started in 2005 with the Council of Ministers directing the Secretariat to work out a way of globalising the EAC passport. A task force of immigra- tion experts was put in place to design its security features but later slowed down because they had to wait for Rwanda and Burundi to include their security features. The standard interna- tional e-passport will have a chip that holds the same information that is printed on the passport’s data page, the holder’s name, date of birth, and other biographic information. It will also contains a bio- metric identifier and have a digital photograph of the holder and security features to prevent unauthorised reading or “scanning” of data stored. The new EAC travel docu- ment will come in red, green or sky blue —the colours of the EAC flag — but with text and national emblems, in gold to complete its face. The colour of the passport will depend on whether it is being or ordinary categories. For instance, EAC diplomats will carry a passport that is red in colour, green for officials and sky blue for ordinary people. The outer front cover will have the words ‘East African Community’ in gold on top and below the name of the issuing partner state will be pasted.
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