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Old July 26th, 2011, 01:27 PM   #1
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Mausiano baina ya Tanzania na mataifa ya Jumuiya ya Africa Mashariki | Tanzania and the East African Community (EAC)

Habari zinazoendelea kati ya Tanzania na Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki.

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Old July 26th, 2011, 02:36 PM   #2
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this is getting political now you know many Tanzanians don't wanna hear that East African Cooperation thing!
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Old July 26th, 2011, 02:42 PM   #3
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this is getting political now you know many Tanzanians don't wanna hear that East African Cooperation thing!
I was not aiming for only political stuff but also economic and social.For example, Tanzania companies investing in other EAC member states or Bongo artists performing in Uganda or Kenya e.t.c
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Old July 26th, 2011, 04:00 PM   #4
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CRDB Bank Tanzania Seeks EAC Expansion
Friday, 15 October 2010 07:14
The CRDB Bank Tanzania, one of the largest commercial banks in the country with a network of over 62 branches and over 200 ATMs, is now looking to take advantage of the recently adopted East African Community (EAC) Common Market, which allows for free movement of labor, capital and other resources within the EAC member states.

Ms. Tully Mwambapa, the CRDB Bank’s Marketing Manager, recently announced the company’s latest market expansion program to journalists in Dar es Salaam, saying that the Tanzania bank is currently planning to not only open a branch in each of the EAC member states, but also to install Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) services in an effort to ease the process of making transactions for its customers.

The CRDB Bank market expansion plan is reportedly part of the bank’s overall strategy to find additional methods of facilitating the money transfer process for Tanzanians living abroad who would like to transfer their savings back to their country.

According to CRDB Bank Manager for Small and Medium Level Customers, Ms. Nellie Ndosa, the bank's Tanzanite account, which was introduced ten years ago, is currently the account through which Tanzanians living abroad are able to conduct their transactions through Tanzania diplomatic mission.

Ms. Ndosa went on to indicate that the Tanzanite account currently has over 5,000 customers.

The expansion of the Tanzania banking sector to other countries within the EAC is expected to ease the difficulties that Tanzanians overseas have experienced in their efforts to send money back to their home country which will, in turn, help contribute to the overall Tanzania economic growth.

The CRDB Bank was re-established on July 1, 1996 as a private commercial bank as a successor to the former Co-operative and Rural Development Bank (CRDB), a public institution with which the majority shares were held by the Tanzania Government.

Over the years, the bank has grown and developed into one of the most innovative, first choice local banks with progressive profits being recorded every year since its founding and its shareholders receiving high annual dividends.

The CRDB Bank, which posted a net profit of USD 26.65 million last year, was recently awarded a certificate of excellence for standard banking services in East Africa by SuperBrands.

Since it first began listing its shares on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) in 2009, the shares for the CRDB Bank have become increasingly in demand, as represented by the statistics for this year's second quarter, which indicate that they have been among the most traded at DSE and have contributed a turnover of 45 percent of overall transactions.
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CRDB Bank Tanzania Seeks EAC Expansion
Friday, 15 October 2010 07:14
The CRDB Bank Tanzania, one of the largest commercial banks in the country with a network of over 62 branches and over 200 ATMs, is now looking to take advantage of the recently adopted East African Community (EAC) Common Market, which allows for free movement of labor, capital and other resources within the EAC member states.

Ms. Tully Mwambapa, the CRDB Bank’s Marketing Manager, recently announced the company’s latest market expansion program to journalists in Dar es Salaam, saying that the Tanzania bank is currently planning to not only open a branch in each of the EAC member states, but also to install Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) services in an effort to ease the process of making transactions for its customers.

The CRDB Bank market expansion plan is reportedly part of the bank’s overall strategy to find additional methods of facilitating the money transfer process for Tanzanians living abroad who would like to transfer their savings back to their country.

According to CRDB Bank Manager for Small and Medium Level Customers, Ms. Nellie Ndosa, the bank's Tanzanite account, which was introduced ten years ago, is currently the account through which Tanzanians living abroad are able to conduct their transactions through Tanzania diplomatic mission.

Ms. Ndosa went on to indicate that the Tanzanite account currently has over 5,000 customers.

The expansion of the Tanzania banking sector to other countries within the EAC is expected to ease the difficulties that Tanzanians overseas have experienced in their efforts to send money back to their home country which will, in turn, help contribute to the overall Tanzania economic growth.

The CRDB Bank was re-established on July 1, 1996 as a private commercial bank as a successor to the former Co-operative and Rural Development Bank (CRDB), a public institution with which the majority shares were held by the Tanzania Government.

Over the years, the bank has grown and developed into one of the most innovative, first choice local banks with progressive profits being recorded every year since its founding and its shareholders receiving high annual dividends.

The CRDB Bank, which posted a net profit of USD 26.65 million last year, was recently awarded a certificate of excellence for standard banking services in East Africa by SuperBrands.

Since it first began listing its shares on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) in 2009, the shares for the CRDB Bank have become increasingly in demand, as represented by the statistics for this year's second quarter, which indicate that they have been among the most traded at DSE and have contributed a turnover of 45 percent of overall transactions.
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EAC: Talk to Tanzania govt, you’ll get food

The East African Community Secretariat wants its hunger-stricken partner states to contact Tanzania for emergency food procurement.

EAC Director for Economics Dr Nyamajeje Weggoro, told The EastAfrican that under the Common Market protocol, the partner states with food surplus are required to remove non-tariff barriers to allow free movement of food within the region.

Dr Weggoro said that the EAC believes that Tanzania’s ban on food export is an in-house protective measure and does not mean that it has locked out “its hungry partner states from purchasing emergency food.”

Dr Weggoro particularly implored Kenya to open talks with Tanzania to obtain food for its starving population.

Responding to a question by The EastAfrican, whether Tanzania has breached the Common Market Protocol by banning food exports, he said: “In my understanding, Tanzania hasn’t breached the Protocol by imposing a ban on food exports because the EAC countries are still sovereign states,” said Dr Weggoro.

Tanzania’s change of heart


With a severe drought ravaging the Horn and East Africa, Tanzania has asked drought-affected countries to negotiate directly with it at government level to procure food for their vulnerable populations.

“Neighbouring countries confronted with a food crisis are welcome to deal directly with the government instead of farmers, traders or agents in border regions for food purchases,” said Prof Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania’s Minister For Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives.


Prof Maghembe said Tanzania has a food surplus of 1.7 million tonnes that it is considering selling to the EAC members.

Tanzania’s move comes against a backdrop of rampant food smuggling to neighbouring countries. Police in Arusha recently impounded several trucks that were said to be carrying grains to Kenya.

Tanzania police estimates that more than 400 tonnes of maize is trucked daily out of the country through Mara, Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions to Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda are among the drought-affected countries.

According to Josette Sheeran, executive director of the UN World Food Programme, the food crisis in the region has left at least 10 million people food insecure due to widespread poor and erratic rainfall, combined with rising food prices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.

Ms Sheeran said hunger was looming across the region, threatening the lives of millions of people already facing rising food prices and internal conflict.

With the failure of the April-June long rains in some areas, and below-average rainfall in others, the number of people in need of assistance is expected to rise in coming weeks.

“We should move quickly to break the destructive cycle of drought and hunger that forces farmers to sell their produce as part of their survival strategy,” Ms Sheeran said.

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Old August 10th, 2011, 03:48 PM   #10
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Tanzania scoffs at pipeline project for gas exports to region


… Prefers to satisfy domestic market, local projects first

ERIC TOROKA

THE Tanzanian Government will only allow the construction of the gas pipeline to other East African Community member states after has fully utilized the natural resources in its planned domestic projects, Minister for East African Community Samuel Sitta has said.

The East African Community recently said it is discussing the possibility of constructing a pipeline to carry Tanzania's natural gas to members of the bloc, that is Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

The planned domestic projects to be implemented include the construction of a power plant, construction of a fertilizer plant as well as the construction of gas distribution systems for cooking.

The proposal would send the fuel north from Tanzania's commercial hub of Dar es Salaam to Kenya's port of Mombasa.

Danish engineering consulting firm, COWI A/S, in July began studying the cost and environmental impact of the proposed pipeline with a US$561,700 grant from the Tunis-based African Development Bank.

Recent discoveries of natural gas off the coast of Tanzania have taken the country's total reserves to 7.5 trillion cubic feet, sufficient to allow exports to the region.

In an interview with Business Times through-wire communication held this week, the minister for East African Cooperation, Samuel Sitta, said the government would only allow the construction of the gas pipeline to other EAC member states after the implementation of its planned domestic projects.

Constructing a fertilizer plant, cement plant, and a construction of power plant that would be able to generate 300-500 megawatts in Mtwara are the key projects.

“We have received the proposal from our neighbour Kenya to see if we can export natural gas to EAC member states. The proposal looks good but I don't have more details as we need to do a feasibility study. However, we have planned domestic projects to implement first in Mtwara then we would see what excess of natural gas remains for export,” the minister explained.

He said Kenya was ready to pay US$500 million for importing of natural gas from Tanzania, adding the project could be viable if and when Tanzania has utilized the natural resources in its planned domestic projects.
Speaking in a different vein, an impeccable source from the Tanzania Development Corporation (TPDC), has discounted the possibility of building a pipeline to carry natural gas from Tanzania to other EAC member states.

“Tanzanians are not fools. Our neighbours can utilize well our natural gas to manufacture various stuffs such as cement and fertilizer and sell at a low price. They can generate power and sell it to us from our natural resources,” a TPDC official noted.

Instead of constructing a pipeline to carry the country's natural gas to other members of the bloc, it is better to build a gas pipeline from Songosongo to Tanga and then install the power to the national grid ready for export to EAC member states.

“Our neighbours have been insistent to bring the project to take off but we blocked it and proposed them to do a feasibility study first and then the matter be discussed later on. By that time we hope our projects would be completed,” he further noted.

Natural gas in the country was found at two sites off the coastline in a drilling program led by Ophir Energy Plc., a UK based oil and gas explorer in October, according to TPDC director for exploration Halfani Halfani.

The company was due to start drilling a third deep water well off the southern coast in December in partnership with BG Group plc.

There are two gas deposits in commercial production in the country. Songo Songo holds 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas, while the Mnazi Bay field near the border with Mozambique has 2 trillion cubic feet.

Peter Clutterbuck, the deputy chairman for Orca Exploration Group Inc., said Tanzanian waters have seen increased oil and gas exploration over the past decade, with the Songo Songo west field containing about 500 billion cubic feet.
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What UNIDO can offer to improve trade within EAC

THE United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) eyes EAC bloc as a hub for global market trade in agro-produce, Business Times can affirm.
It has began conducting training in each member states on effective competitive regional and international markets, to protect local consumers from unsafe products, and on the need to strengthen the limited supply capacity and developing a reliable food safety and quality assurance system. The food chain approach, risk analysis and traceability is being used.
UNIDO -EAC Programme Coordinator, Dr. Ananias Bagumire, recently availed himself for an interview with Business Times in Dar es Salaam, expressing efforts by UNIDO in supporting Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in the building-up of infrastructures and services for trade development and consumer protection.
It is on the point that most of the basic national capacities for food safety and quality have been established in the three countries, extending soon to EAC newcomers Rwanda and Burundi.
Stakeholders in the sector laud UNIDO for the programme, noting that it would not only tick the trade sector but also promote EAC integration.
“It is a good initiative that brings together common trading systems based on international standards for global marketing of our products,” said Wilberforce Karani, a representative of Kagera Tea Company Limited.

Again a positive reaction came from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives where specialists in crop protection Ms Rebecca Mawishi and Ms Lightness Muro underlined the support of the ministry as the main player in the food sector.
The view is that at this stage it has become essential to complete missing support services and put in place mechanisms for sustaining those infrastructures, and particularly upgrade the capacity of Rwanda and Burundi to participate.
“Only then the member countries will be able to fully participate and take advantage of the rule-based multilateral trading system as codified through the WTO agreements, mainly on SPS and TBT,” the coordinator said.

UNIDO is a United Nations development agency with a clear mandate to provide technical assistance in the area of industrial development and trade capacity building. UNIDO has 40 years of experience in supporting the development of national quality institutions in developing countries around the world.
However, Dr Bagumire says through hands-on experience acquired though these years, UNIDO has been exposed many problems that developing country producers face in understanding, implementing and showing compliance with international requirements like ISO/Codex, OIE and IPPC standards
It is with this background that UNIDO in October 2006 launched a region-wide programme in the EAC on trade capacity building in agro-industry products for establishment and proof of compliance with international market requirements.

This programme was an initiative to establish a coordinated effort at regional level to enhance the capacity of the five EAC member states as a whole, to participate in international trade mainly through enhancement of enterprises’ capacity to produce according to international market requirements, and strengthening of export oriented support services, mainly relating to conformity assessment procedures.
In particular, the programme is meant to enhance the institutional capacity and services of the five EAC participating countries to implement the WTO agreements on sanitary and phytosanitary issues and technical barriers to trade.
Such regional trade capacity building and harmonization lead not only to better access to industrialized markets, but also facilitate trade exchanges between the five countries and with countries from other sub-regional groupings such as COMESA and SADC, where similar capacity building and harmonization is on-going.
At the same time, the programme allows for an improved and coordinated regional food safety and generally, SPS regulatory framework and consequently better public health, and protecting local consumers against (local and imported) unsafe food products. Both the development of foreign trade and the protection of consumers ultimately lead to more solidified local economies, which in turn have a positive impact on employment, wealth and poverty alleviation.
Through this programme, UNIDO is developing capacity of export support institutions mainly involved in standardization and conformity assessment services at national level, and directly supporting development of model enterprises for demonstrating compliance with new international standards like ISO 22000 - 2005 on food safety management systems.
In addition, by working through the institutional framework of EAC at the regional level, the programme supports the development of an EAC Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) protocol. When ratified by member states it was expected to provide a basis for policy and legal framework for management of food safety, animal and plant health among member states and increase intra-regional trade and trade with other regions through the removal of SPS related non-tariff barriers.
The implementation of the EAC SPS Protocol will harmonize institutional and regulatory frameworks, and SPS measures and standards in order to ease the cross-border trade of agro-products in the region and abroad
However for these new developments to bear fruits for the regional economies, the businesses have to understand and adopt Standards and SPS measures in their operations so as to move their products across the borders unhindered.
Through this programme UNIDO is collaborating with the EAC and EABC and other agencies to ensure that private sector in the region is informed about the importance, need and strategies for complying with these new requirements. The programme has supported workshops and related fora where industry and business operators interface with regulators to increase the understanding of key players on these matters.

More so, UNIDO has partnered with EABC and others in coming up with an EAC Business Guide dedicated to explaining issues related to SPS and standards. Through the guide, pertinent questions regarding business compliance with SPS and standards established in the framework of EAC will be tackled.
Also UNIDO is cooperating with EABC to expand an EABC website to include a portal dedicated to SPS-related information so that the business community instantly seek and get answers to questions regarding SPS issues in the region. Members of the business community are encouraged to utilize these sources of information, an information brochure underlined.

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EAC opts for joint security operations

By Nicodemus Ikonko, The Citizen Correspondent
Arusha. Alarmed by a rising threat of terrorism in the region, East African Community officials resolved yesterday to mount joint security operations. Security specialists meeting under the auspices of the sectoral council agreed to exchange intelligence more swiftly across the borders. They are also looking to set up a joint mechanism to better respond to mounting security challenges in the region, which has been hit by terror attacks in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kampala.

They identified the major threats to peace in the region as terrorism, human and drug trafficking, cyber crimes, piracy, counterfeit goods, vehicle theft and insecurity in Lake Victoria and other waterways. Illegal small arms and light weapons also pose a challenge to security agents, along with money laundering, cross-border smuggling and cattle rustling.

The sectoral council meeting on inter-state security resolved to step up joint operations and training to speed up the region’s economic integration.East Africa is increasingly shaping up as a convenient transit route for human and drug trafficking, according to the community deputy secretary-general in charge of political federation, Ms Beatrice Kiraso. This does not augur well for the region’s prospects in attracting tourists and investors, she said when she opened the meeting.

The sectoral council, which brings together EAC home affairs and internal security ministers, is now making a pitch for shared intelligence and building local capacity to combat these crimes.

The ministers approved the ratification and immediate implementation of the EAC Protocol on Combating Drug Trafficking and the recommendations on drug trafficking of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Organisation.

Security officers are to be involved in implementing the EAC customs union and the common market. “They have identified different threats which will be dealt with,” said Mr Leonard Onyonyi, the EAC’s expert on small arms and light weapons. On vehicle thefts, the ministers directed partner states to domesticate the police chiefs clearance certificate and bring it into effect by January 1, 2012.

Mr Onyonyi said, however, that more needed to be done to meet the December 31 deadline for completion of the marking of small arms and light weapons. “We don’t see it being through then,” he added.“Perhaps 15 percent across the region on average has been covered. There is still quite a lot of work to be done.”The delay in weapon-marking can be put down to a limited number of marking equipment. Each of the EAC countries—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda—has only three each.
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Uganda yapaisha sukari Kagera

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BEI kubwa ya sukari imezidi kuvuruga Mkoa wa Kagera, baada ya kuingiliwa na wafanyabiashara kutoka Uganda, huku ikipanda hadi Sh2,400 kwa kilo tofauti na Sh1,700 iliyotangazwa na Serikali.Uchunguzi uliofanywa mjini hapa, umebaini wafanyabiashara kutoka Uganda wameteka soko la sukari na kusababisha kupanda kutokana na mahitaji makubwa yanayodaiwa kuwapo nchini humo.

Katika maduka mbalimbali mjini Bukoba, licha ya bei ya sukari kupanda huku Serikali ikishindwa kusimamia agizo lake la kuteremsha bei, baadhi ya wafanyabiashara wa maduka wanalalamikia kukosa bidhaa hiyo.

Hata hivyo, baadhi ya wafanyabiashara walidai kuna ukiritimba katika usambazaji sukari, msambazaji ni mmoja ambaye anahusishwa na kuadimika kwa bidhaa hiyo kwa madai ya kuiuza kwa wafanyabiashara wa Uganda, ili kupata faida kubwa.

Akizungumzia matatizo ya kupanda holela kwa bei ya sukari mwishoni mwa wiki iliyopita, Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Kagera, Mohamed Babu, alikiri bei ya sukari kupanda kwa kasi mkoani hapa na kwamba, tayari amepewa taarifa za kuwapo kwa wafanyabiashara wa Uganda.Hata hivyo, Babu alikitetea Kiwanda cha Sukari Kagera na msambazaji wake kuwa, hawahusiki na upandaji sukari na kudai kuwa, hakuna sababu ya wafanyabiashara kupandisha bei.

Licha ya kudai kuwa serikali ina mkono mrefu wa kudhibiti upandaji bidhaa hiyo, kwa miezi kadhaa tangu kutolewa kwa bei elekezi, hakuna mabadiliko yaliyofanywa kushuka bei.

Badala yake, Babu alisema Serikali haiwezi kudhibiti upandaji sukari hadi maeneo ya vijijini na kuwaomba wananchi kutoa taarifa, ili ichukue hatua kwa wanaokaidi maelekezo ya bei halali.

Pia, taarifa kutoka Wilaya ya Missenyi ambayo ipo kilomita 18 kufika mpaka wa Mutukula, zilidai wafanyabiashara kutoka Uganda wamechangia kupanda kwa bidhaa hiyo kati ya Sh2,500 hadi Sh3,000.
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4 Kenyan youngsters picked for Man United Camp in Dar es Salaam

FOUR Kenyan youngsters have been selected to join Manchester United camp in Dar es Salaam. Kenyan daily, Daily Nation, named the players as Naim Ashraf (Nairobi Milimani), Mzee Ali Rama (Tononoka High School), Naomi Njeri (Matuu Memorial) and Emily Auma (Jera Girls).

The quartet reportedly secured the opportunity after their sterling performance during the just concluded Kenya secondary schools games soccer contest known as “The Airtel Rising Stars Tournament” held at Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi.

The October camp in Tanzania is a partnership between Airtel and Manchester United, the English Premier League 19-time winners, to identify and nurture young football talents from East Africa.

“This is a dream come true for me. I have been a keen fan of Manchester United and when I was picked by coach “Ghost” I was delighted that I would have a chance to train with one of the best clubs in the world,” said an excited Rama.

A panel of four coaches led by former Harambee Stars coach Jacob “Ghost” Mulee said all the 16 teams exhibited exceptional talent at the finals. “The competition was cutthroat. We are confident that the four players will be great ambassadors of Kenya’s football at the camp,” said Mulee.

The other members of the panel included Twahir Muhiddin, ex-international Micky Weche and former Harambee Starlets captain, Florence Adhiambo. The players will receive physical and technical training by analysing the club’s first team players to help understand the finer details of top level preparation.

Players will also be given valuable insight into the opportunities in the game. Manchester United staff will be on hand to help the players create a vision of how they can progress in the game and other aspects such as coaching, sports science and nutrition.

Manchester United — under the auspices of its soccer schools banner, Manchester United Soccer Schools — will provide technical support during the soccer clinics. The clinics will bring together players from 16 countries in Africa, including Tanzania and Uganda, representing eastern Africa.

This is an Africa-wide programme that will provide a platform for upcoming football talent to showcase their skills to leading scouts and coaches. Meanwhile, Airtel Tanzania is today expected to dish out sports kits and certificates to secondary schools whose teams took part in the Under-17 Airtel Rising Stars tournament.

The programme which involved players from 24 secondary schools in Iringa, Morogoro, Mwanza and Dar es Salaam started in July this year and is expected to come to and end this December.

Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Airtel Public Relations Mnager, Jackson Mmbando said his company would keep on improving the programme in a bid to promote youth soccer in the country.
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Sudan applies to join EAC

By NICODEMUS IKONKO, 28th August 2011 @ 12:10, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 300

DESPITE support from some East African leaders for Africa's new nation of South Sudan to join the East African Community (EAC), it is actually the old Republic of Sudan (of Omar Al-Bashir) which has formally applied to join the five-nation regional bloc.

EAC sources told the Independent East African News Agency (EANA) in Arusha that Republic of Sudan had submitted its application to become the sixth EAC member.

The application, according to sources, will come up for discussion at the EAC Council of Ministers meeting scheduled for early next month.

"Yes, it is true that Republic of Sudan has applied to join EAC and the Secretariat has brought up the issue to the attention of the EAC Council of Ministers," the EAC source said when asked to comment over the application.

Efforts to get comment from the council's current Chairperson from Burundi, Ms Hafsa Mossi, proved futile.

The EAC was revived in 1999 with a Treaty by three founding partners -- Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Rwanda and Burundi joined the bloc in 2007.

During a recent visit to Kampala, the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir reiterated his country's commitment to join the EAC "to reap the benefits of regional integration," but nothing formal has been forthcoming.

Presidents Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and Rwanda's Paul Kagame had also invited the South Sudan to join the bloc in February, this year.

South Sudan applied for observer's status some two years ago, but it was rejected as it was still part of the greater Sudan. It was told to re-apply after this year's referendum.

The East African leaders have openly embraced South Sudan, a move largely pitched on economic interests.

Firstly, the landlocked South Sudan needs a gateway to the world after separating from the northern Sudan.

Secondly, a significant percentage of South Sudan's trade is with East Africa (80 per cent), while it clears a big chunk of its goods through the port of Mombasa, Kenya.

According to Anthony Lino Makana, South Sudan's roads and transport minister, the country has started talks with several oil firms to build a 200-km link to the existing pipeline running from Mombasa to Eldoret in Kenya.

Makana said such a pipeline would help South Sudan export its oil to Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Interestingly, Uganda has overtaken Kenya as the leading trading partner with South Sudan. Last year, Uganda's exports to South Sudan were worth $187m, while Kenya's were $184m.

Kenya is though the leading investor in Juba, whose authorities have increasingly turned to Sub-Saharan Africa, especially East Africa, for economic, cultural and political ties.

If their application is considered, the Republic of Sudan will be subjected to the conditions of accession.

Article 3 (3) of the EAC Treaty sets out conditions for membership; these include: acceptance of the Community as set out in the Treaty; adherence to universally acceptable principles of good governance, democracy, the rule of law, observance of human rights and social justice and contribution towards the strengthening of integration within the East African region.

Other conditions include geographical proximity to end inter-dependence between it and the partner states; establishment and maintenance of a market driven economy and social and economic policies being compatible with those of the community.

Moreover, Republic of Sudan will have to surmount many challenges for it to become a full EAC member.

The country's attempt to join the EAC comes at a time when the five EAC member countries have made major steps, including establishing a Customs Union and a Common Market.

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Old September 6th, 2011, 09:50 AM   #18
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Kenya lagging far behind Uganda, Tanzania in attracting investment


Kenya is the biggest loser in the battle for foreign direct investments (FDI) into the EAC region as more investors stream into Uganda and Tanzania.

By ALLAN ODHIAMBO

The FDI inflows to Kenya dipped to $133 million in 2010 from $144 million the previous year, according to a new report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).

Kenya’s FDI inflow stood at a high of $729 million in 2007, signalling the magnitude of the slump in just three years. A dip in FDI inflows has various consequences including fewer new jobs as firms take on austerity measures such as freezes in hiring.

“East Africa’s increase was modest (2.5 per cent), as inflows to the sub-region’s largest recipient, Madagascar, fell substantially (19 per cent). FDI to the sub-region’s two other large recipients, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, have tended to be stable in recent years and held broadly steady in 2010,” the UN agency said in its World Investment report for 2011.

In 2010, Uganda attracted FDI inflows worth $848 million, up from $816 million the previous year, while Tanzania realised $700 million last year compared with $645 million in 2009.

Kenyan firms such as oil marketer Kenol Kobil are some of the biggest contributors to FDI growth in Uganda.

Data from Unctad shows that KenolKobil had the second highest greenfield investment in Uganda in 2010 worth $1.7 billion in coal, gas and natural gas projects. This was the third highest investment in a greenfield project among poor countries worldwide in 2010.

British firm Tullow Oil was the highest investor in greenfield projects in Uganda over 2010 with a portfolio worth $5 billion. Tullow also sank the resources into coal, gas and natural gas projects.

Greenfield investments involve the creation of business operations rather than simply merger and acquisition (M&A) with existing firms.

The Ugandan government estimates oil reserves in the Lake Albertine Basin at 2 billion barrels but says they could be much higher. This has triggered a scramble for this key resource, with multinationals and regional firms angling for stakes.

KenolKobil announced in January that it had bought Phoenix Uganda Petroleum Ltd for an undisclosed amount to raise its capacity in Uganda. The deal involved a 1,800 metric tonne fuel terminal, a three-storey office block and three service stations in Uganda’s capital Kampala, bringing its total to 66 stations.

Analysts have blamed Kenya’s lack of attractiveness for FDI on a myriad factors including political uncertainty, bureaucratic business approval processes and restrictive laws on foreign business ownership.

The World Bank last year pointed out that restrictions on participation in business had seen foreign investors steer clear of Kenya.

For instance, in Kenya, foreign capital participation in telecommunications is limited to a maximum of 70 per cent.

However, the law provides foreign investors with a grace period of three years to build up the required domestic capital contribution of 30 per cent.

In the transportation sector, there are ownership restrictions in railway freight, port and airport operation, in which foreign investment is allowed only up to 50 per cent.

“On the other hand, unlike in most other countries covered by the Investing Across Sectors indicators, domestic as well as international passenger air transportation is fully open to foreign capital participation,” the Bank said.

The tourism sector, one of the country’s most prosperous industries, is also fully open to foreign companies, as are other manufacturing and primary sectors.

Analysts have also blamed delayed reforms of the bureaucratic process in business licensing and management. Kenya dropped to position 98 out of 183 economies surveyed in the World Bank’s 2011 ranking for ease of doing business globally.

Slow licensing processes, complex taxation procedures and the high cost of registering property also contribute.

Inexperienced local firms

Investors have also cited Kenya as the most expensive destination for those aspiring to own property in the region. Investors part with 4.2 per cent of property value to cover cost of registration compared with Uganda’s 3.2 per cent Rwanda’s 0.4 per cent.

UNCTAD said the flow of FDI into Africa also remains hampered by lack of experience among local firms. “The scope for joint ventures between domestic and foreign partners in the African context is often constrained by the absence of domestic partners with the required technical and financial capacity,” the agency said.

The agency however pointed out that several joint ventures had begun yielding fruit as firms in the region tapped into the experience of multi and transnationals.

“In manufacturing, Coleus Crowns (Uganda) provides a successful example of a joint venture at the intraregional level. It is a joint venture between the Madhvani Group (Uganda) and Coleus Packaging (South Africa), which began production of bottle crowns in 2007. Since then, it has succeeded in establishing itself as a supplier to major TNCs such as Nile Breweries (an affiliate of SABMiller), Pepsi Uganda and Coke Uganda. It also serves the regional markets in Burundi, Rwanda and the Sudan,” Unctad said.
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East Africans Free To Stay In Any Country In The Region





East Africans are now free to live in any of the member states so long as they notify immigration departments every six months, the five-member bloc has resolved.

According to the Director of Social Sector, Mary Makoffu, the development applies to those who wish to stay in a particular country but are not employed, visitors, students or those in transit to other countries.

Upon the presentation of a travel document, a citizen shall be issued with a pass which shall entitle him or her to enter into the territory of the host partner state and stay for a period of up to six months.

“You can stay as long as you wish as the only requirement is to notify the immigration upon expiry of the six-month period of your intention to extend stay.”

Under the provisions of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market on the free movement of persons, a Kenyan who seeks to enter the neighbouring Tanzania or Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi is required to present to the immigration authorities a valid common standard travel document and declare all the information required for entry or exit.

In the case of Rwanda, their citizens now have an identificationcard that is machine-readable. Kenya is in the process of developing one before the end of the year.

PERMANENT STAY

“For those willing to study in one of the bloc’s partner states, the immigration office of the host nation shall issue a student’s pass to an applicant who satisfies the requirements in this category. The pass shall be issued subject to terms and conditions, for a period not exceeding one year and shall be renewable, annually, for the duration of the study,” Ms Makoffu said.

However, if one wishes to enter another partner state for the purpose of undergoing training for a period not exceeding two months, he or she shall be exempted from applying for a student’s pass.

Indeed, this is the reason many Kenyans are flocking Uganda for studies.

Makkoffu said many EAC citizens are not aware of these provisions under the free movement of persons regulations and have been struggling to seek for work permits, which can be frustrating at times.

Meanwhile, Chinese nationals in East Africa are residing in the region under national laws of each particular state and they are not any threat to the regional integration process,” Makoffu said.

“EAC partner states have got national immigration laws that allow immigrants from other parts of the world enter, stay and work in their jurisdictions and they should not be discriminated.”

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In the case of Rwanda, their citizens now have an identificationcard that is machine-readable. Kenya is in the process of developing one before the end of the year.
I wonder how long it will take for all member states to issue the new ID's.
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