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The East African : Aug 4th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY AU strategy meeting, 2063 Agenda Four-day African Union’s meeting on the implementation of the AU Communications strategy and 2063 Agenda kicks off in New York city. African diaspora symposium The African Diaspora Investment Symposium to take place in Washington DC TUESDAY East Africa Summit on IT, Nairobi Three-day East Africa Summit and the 3rd East Africa Outsourcing Summit to encourage the development of a strong IT industry within East Africa kicks off in Nairobi WEDNESDAY African languages conference The International Conference on African Languages and Literatures at Kenyatta University, Nairobi FRIDAY Global diaspora parliamentary forum Global Diaspora Parliamentary Forum in Addis Ababa GRACE MUGABE: The wife of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe was nominated to head the ruling party ZANUPF’s women’s wing, a move that has injected new intrigue into the struggle to succeed the 90-year old strongman. PAUL BIYA: Cameroon president sacked two senior army officers, following the abduction of the deputy prime minister’s wife by suspected militants in Kolofata, along with her maid, a religious leader and the local mayor. KARIM WADE: The son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade, who has been in custody in Dakar, went on trial accused of accumulating a multimillion dollar fortune (almost $240 million) through corruption while in office. PETER PIOT: The Belgian scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said that a “really bad” sense of panic and lack of trust in the authorities in West Africa had contributed to the world’s largest-ever outbreak. JAKAYA KIKWETE: The Tanzania president has been awarded the Voice Magazine Achievers “Icon of Democracy Award Winner for 2014 in Africa,” for overseeing democracy, peace and development across Africa. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS AUGUST 2-8,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Competition as cement is off list of ‘sensitive products’ Local cement producers face competition from low-cost Asian rivals after the EAC Council of Ministers removed cement from the list of “sensitive products,” and said partner states would continue applying a 25 per cent import duty on portland cement — the most common type of cement used in the region. The decision will hurt producers even as it promises the consumer low prices for the commodity. EA states will apply 25pc import duty on cement. 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 Low awareness of integration sustains trade barriers Trade barriers still exist within the EAC states due to lack of awareness on the integration process, according to regional lawmakers. Kenyan East African Legislative Assembly member Peter Mathuki said there has been minimal engagement between the public and private sector on their role in the EAC integration and the majority of MPs in the partner states are not aware of the laws. Many MPs are not aware of laws on integration. Fast-track projects to benefit region, says minister Regional integration projects need to be fasttracked to benefit East African citizens, the new Rwanda Minister for East African Community Affairs has said. Valentine Rugwabiza called for stronger co-operation between the line ministries in the participating countries and other stakeholders to ensure faster implementation of the agreed decisions. Joint projects like the standard gauge railway need to be fasttracked. Mombasa port container traffic up by 12.8pc Container traffic through Mombasa port grew by 12.8 per cent in the first six months of the year after new cargo handling infrastructure was built to shorten the turnaround time for ships. Gichiri Ndua, the port’s managing director, said in a statement that the total cargo at the port rose by 12.8 per cent to 11.9 million tonnes, up from 10.5 million tonnes recorded between January and June last year. Container traffic through Mombasa has risen. A member of Doctors Without Borders puts on protective gear at an isolation ward in Conakry. Picture: File EA ai≥po≥ts, bo≥de≥s on high Ebola ale≥t By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent Ebola, which has killed more than 670 people in West Africa. Scientists believe the Eb- E ola virus could spread to the region through international travel and have asked governments to enhance surveillance and screening for the disease at border points and airports. All major airports in Tan- zania have been equipped with Ebola screening devices for testing passengers arriving from West Africa for the virus. “We have a special ar- rangement in all airports where passengers are screened and when they are found infected we put them in quarantine. So far none has been found infected,” Tanzanian Minister for Health Seif Rashid said in a phone interview. At the Jomo Kenyatta In- ternational Airport, surveillance is being carried out for all flights from West Africa by the Port Health Unit. However, Kenya and Uganda have this week been forced to assure citizens that no cases have been re- ast Africa is on high alert following an outbreak of ported especially after one Korean woman who was found with fever symptoms was said to have transitted through Nairobi. Rwanda has set up a spe- cialised clinic and quarantine area at the Kigali International Airport, even though no case has been reported in the country. The virus has a gestation period of up to 21 days, during which a traveller who is a carrier can easily pass through the checks as a perfectly healthy person. O-Tipo Shikanga, the head of Disease Surveillance and Response, said the government had put in place measures to prevent the spread of the disease. “The alert has been dis- patched to port health services countrywide and we are working with the airlines carrying passengers to and from these countries,” said Mr Shikanga. Uganda has been the worst hit in East Africa with on and off Ebola outbreaks since the year 2000. Julius Lutwama, head of the National Influenza Centre at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, said the risks of the disease spreading would be minimal with restricted travel.
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