EAC Heads of State summit set for Next Week

The East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit has been extended for two days to March 2 in Arusha, Tanzania at the bloc’s headquarters, according to The New Times. It had earlier been scheduled for February 29.

Top on the agenda of the long-awaited meeting will be the consideration of reports by the EAC Council of Ministers on: the negotiations on the admission of the Republic of South Sudan into the Community; Sustainable Financing Mechanisms for the EAC, and; the EAC Institutional Review.

The meeting will also consider Council reports on: the model, structure and action plan of the EAC Political Federation; implementation of the framework for harmonised EAC roaming charges; modalities for promotion of motor vehicle assembly in the region and reduction of the Importation of used motor vehicles from outside the bloc, among others.

“The Summit is also expected to deliberate on a report by the Council on the verification exercise for the admission of the Republic of Somalia into the EAC,” reads a statement from the EAC Secretariat.

The Heads of State are also expected to launch the new International East African e-passport (electronic-passport) during the meeting as well as launching the Private Sector Partnership Fund which is expected to deepen the participation of the private sector in the East African integration.

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