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Stage set for EAC Heads of State ordinary summit

Stage set for EAC Heads of State ordinary summit

ALL is set for the Ordinary Summit of East African Community (EAC) Heads of State 22nd Ordinary Summit, scheduled to take place this week.

The high-profile meeting, which brings together leaders from the seven partner states physically for the first time since Covid-19 outbreak, will go along with the regional Heads of State Retreat on the EAC Common Market at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC).

Top on the agenda of the summit which is expected to draw about 300 participants from partner states, private sector, civil society and development partners, will be taking stock of the progress of implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol, adopting strategic measures to unlock the lags and bottlenecks in establishment of the Common Market and agree on a roadmap for the full realisation of the Common Market.

The Ordinary Summit and the High-Level retreat will also identify key areas where development partners can contribute to the attainment of the Common Market, according to a statement issued on Monday by the EAC Secretariat.

At their 22nd Ordinary Meeting, the EAC Heads of State will, among other things consider the report of the Council to the Summit, assent to Bills passed by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), consider the report of the High-level Summit Retreat on the EAC Common Market, and appoint Judges to the East African Court of Justice (EACJ).

Likewise, the EAC Heads of State will on Friday morning launch the 42.4-kilometer Arusha Bypass Road.

The bypass is part of the multinational Arusha – Holili /Taveta – Voi Road Project.

It was co-funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Africa Trade Fund and the governments of Tanzania and Kenya to the tune of 173.86 million US dollars (about 405bn/-).

Since its completion, the stretch has relieved the busy Moshi-Arusha Road and has facilitated the traffic from Mombasa port wishing to join the Central Corridor at Singida.

It is expected to also spur growth of the greater Arusha city and thereby, help to decongest the Central Business District.

The EAC is considered to be one of the fastest-growing regions in sub-Saharan Africa.

This growth is being supported by increasing investment in infrastructure, expansion in manufacturing and an improved service segment, according to the East African Community (EAC), a seven-member intergovernmental organisation in the African Great Lakes region. 

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Author: EDWARD QORRO in Arusha

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