Regional Leaders Hold EAC SummitIn Kenyan Capital
The summit will be preceded by a presidential retreat on infrastructure on Thursday and the launch ceremonies of the new EAC headquarters and the rehabilitated Arusha-Namanga-Athi River Road, in Arusha and Athi River Town respectively, which ceremonies will take place on Wednesday.
At Fridays summit, the heads of state are expected to consider the Annual Report of the Council of Ministers for the period November 2011 – November 2012; a progress report of the Council of Ministers on the operationalization of the Single Customs Territory; as well as a Council report on South Sudans application to join the East African Community.
Among the other items due for consideration are reports of the Council of Ministers on the way forward on the Political Federation; as well as on the implementation of the Summits directive on extending the jurisdiction of the East African Court of Justice.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers in preparation for the Summit concludes on Tuesday in Nairobi.
On Thursday, the heads of state are due to attend the second heads of state retreat on infrastructure, which follows the first retreat that was held in Kigali in June 2008 and which identified development of infrastructure as key to the regions integration and overall socio-economic development.
The retreat is expected to discuss priority regional infrastructure projects as well as funding options for the same.
The idea to build the EAC headquarters was conceived back in 1996 when the Secretariat of the Permanent Tripartite Commission was launched. However, the process only started effectively when the Tanzanian government allocated the headquarters site to the EAC.
The EAC headquarters entails a complex covering a total built up area of 15,025 square metres, made up of three wings of four storeys each.
The construction project was officially commissioned by the EAC heads of state in 2009, and the project was fully funded by the Federal Republic of Germany to the tune of 14.8 million euros.
Culled from Starafrica.com
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