24TH MEETING OF THE SECTORAL COUNCIL OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR EAC AFFAIRS AND PLANNING CONCLUDES IN NAIROBI, KENYA

24TH MEETING OF THE SECTORAL COUNCIL OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR EAC
AFFAIRS AND PLANNING CONCLUDES IN NAIROBI, KENYA

Sectoral Council endorses candidature of Hon. Dr. Specioza Kazibwe
Wandira for Chairmanship of African Union Commission.

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 30 June 2016:
The 24th Meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers Responsible for
EAC Affairs and Planning concluded on 30th June 2016 in Nairobi,
Kenya, with the Ministers endorsing the candidature of Hon. Dr.
Specioza Kazibwe Wandira for the Chairmanship of the African Union
Commission. The Republic of Uganda had earlier requested the Partner
States to support the candidature of Hon. Dr. Specioza Kazibwe Wandira
for the position.

Hon Phyllis J. Kandie, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of East African
Community (EAC), Labour and Social Protection, Republic of Kenya
chaired the meeting, which was attended by Rwanda’s Minister of East
African Community, Hon. Valentine Rugwabiza; Burundi’s Minister in the
Office of the President Responsible for EAC Affairs, Hon. Léontine
Nzeyimana; Uganda’s State Minister for East African Community Affairs,
Hon. Julius Wandera Maganda and Hon. Matia Kasaija, Minister of
Finance and Economic Planning. H.E. Amb. John Michael Haule, The
United Republic of Tanzania’s High Commissioner to the Republic of
Kenya lead his country’s delegation to the meeting.

The Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Liberat
Mfumukeko and other Executives and senior officials from the EAC
Secretariat were also in attendance.

Some of the Decisions/Directives and Recommendations of the 24th
Meeting of the Sectoral Council:

1. The Secretariat to undertake a Joint Security Assessment
Mission to the Republic of Burundi to re-assess the Security situation
by 31st July 2016. The Team to comprise all Partner States
representatives and to strictly abide by the Terms of Reference (ToR);
2. The Secretariat to develop a comprehensive strategic framework
with clear timelines on the implementation of the Common Market
Protocol Scorecard findings and the Single Customs Territory and
report to the 25th Meeting of the Sectoral Council;
3. The Secretariat to convene a meeting of Heads of Immigration on
harmonization of classification/common procedures and fees for
issuance of work permit for citizens of EAC Partner States by
September 2016;
4. The Secretariat to operationalize the Ad hoc EAC Service
Commission by 1st July 2016 and report progress to the 34th Council in
August 2016;
5. The Secretariat to develop a framework for transition to the
proposed Commission within two (2) years taking cognizance of existing
studies and other comparative information on other similar Regional
Economic Communities;
6. The Secretariat to develop proposals on sanctions that can be
imposed on Partner States that breach the Treaty for the Establishment
of the East African Community in line with Article 143 of the Treaty
and report to the 35th Meeting of the Council;
7. While the full admission of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS)
will be confirmed by the ratification and depositing the Instruments
of Ratification with the Secretary General (latest by 1st October,
2016), the Sectoral Council took note of the developed roadmap for the
full integration of the new Partner State into the EAC and approved an
exploratory mission at the Coordination Committee level with co-opted
members from the Secretariat, Organs and Institutions of the Community
be undertaken to RSS to engage the Government on its integration into
the EAC;
8. The Secretariat to propose priority areas in the integration
process that could be championed by individual Partner States and
table the proposal at the October 2016 Meeting of the Sectoral
Council;
9. The Secretariat to compile a draft list of Decisions that could
be considered for Decision Making by Simple Majority and submit the
list at October 2016 Meeting of the Sectoral Council;
10. The EAC Secretariat to urgently convene an Extra-Ordinary Meeting
of the Sectoral Council on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment
(SCTIFI) through Video Conference preferably by 11th July, 2016 to
deliberate on the finalization and preparation for signing the
EAC-EU-EPA being proposed to take place on 18th July 2016, on the
margins of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD) XIV Conference in Nairobi, Kenya;
11. The Sectoral Council adopted the EAC Brand Architecture Concept
Note and directed the EAC Secretariat to use the Youth, who have
diverse talent in the region, in the process of developing the new EAC
Brand Architecture. The Brand Architecture Concept Note proposes to
develop a new EAC Logo and Flag; a common unique identifier for all
EAC Organs and Institutions and a single primary (main) EAC Corporate
Colour and one Secondary Colour; and a single visual identity emblem
for the Community; and
12. The EAC Secretariat to resume meetings in the Republic of Burundi
in accordance with the EAC Calendar of Activities.

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