Fwd: [EAC NEWS] EAC SECRETARY GENERAL, AMB. LIBERAT MFUMUKEKO TAKES OVER COMESA – EAC- SADC TRIPARTIE TASK FORCE CHAIRMANSHIP
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EAC SECRETARY GENERAL, AMB. LIBERAT MFUMUKEKO TAKES OVER COMESA – EAC-
SADC TRIPARTIE TASK FORCE CHAIRMANSHIP
Secretary General pledges to work towards the attainment of the
Tripartite Free Trade Area by June 2017
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Saturday, 31th October
2016: The Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb.
Liberat Mfumukeko today took over the Chairmanship of the
COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Task Force (TTF) over the next year from
Dr. Stergomena Tax, the SADC Executive Secretary, who oversaw the work
of the Tripartite from July 2015 to October 2016.
Addressing Hon. Members of the Council, Directors and senior officials
from the COMESA, EAC and SADC Member States at the hand-over ceremony
held over the weekend at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, Amb.
Liberat Mfumukeko, commended Dr. Stergomena Tax for the exemplary
leadership during the period of the Tripartite, especially given the
resource constraints which have delayed the launch of Phase II
negotiations and the implementation of other important activities.
The Secretary General noted that there were many hurdles to be
overcome in meeting the clear priorities the Tripartite Council had
set and he prioritized resource mobilization: finalization of studies
for phase II negotiations whereby EAC will work closely with COMESA
Secretariat on the necessary actions to be taken; Tariff Offer
Negotiations to always be on the agenda of the relevant Policy Organs;
and lastly Ratification of Tripartite Free Trade Area. He disclosed
that EAC has pledged to ratify and deposit instruments of ratification
by the end of February 2017 and urged all Member/Partner States to
ratify the Agreement before the end of June 2017.
At the hand over ceremony, which was also attended by Dr. Stergomena
Tax, the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, the COMESA
Deputy Secretary, and Mr. Peter Kiguta, the EAC Director-General,
Customs and Trade, the Secretary General pledged to work towards the
attainment of the Tripartite Free Trade Area by June 2017.
The main focus during the SADC Chairmanship (July 2015 to October
2016) was to lead the TTF to facilitate Member/Partner States
implement the directives of the 3rd Tripartite Summit following the
launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area on 10th June 2015 in Sharm el
Sheikh, Egypt, namely: expeditious operationalization of the
COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area; finalization of
outstanding issues on the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area
Agreement in relation to Annex 1 on Elimination of Import Duties,
Annex 2 on Trade Remedies and Annex 4 on Rules of Origin and the legal
scrubbing of completed Annexes; and ccommencement of Phase II
negotiations covering trade in services, cooperation in trade and
development, competition policy, intellectual property rights and
cross border investments.