The East African region is steadily moving towards more competitive economies and increased free movement of its citizenry.
This was revealed during discussions held by East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, pills http://couponadventures.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-invites-endpoint.php Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera with TMEA CEO, sildenafil http://chachanova.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php Mr. Frank Matsaert to plan for TMEA’s support for the next phase- 2016-2022.
The meeting took place this week at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, advice http://cmd-kenya.org/institute/wp-includes/class-ixr.php Tanzania, and was attended by Dr. Enos Bukuku, EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Mr. David Stanton, TMEA Director General, and ministerial representatives from the five Partner States.
With the aim of improving the quality of life of East Africans through competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments, the EAC, through TMEA support, has improved the infrastructure at Mombasa Port; constructed road network between Ntungamo to Mirama Hill in Uganda and Port Reitz to Kipevu West in Kenya; improved on the customs clearance time along the borders and carried out several sensitization campaigns to small cross border traders on the opportunities and facilities of the Integration Process.
“I wish to express my gratitude to TMEA for supporting the Integration Agenda,” said Dr. Sezibera. “As we move more towards monetary and fiscal integration, we need to strengthen institutional capacities, nurture vibrant trade and enhance financial markets within the region,” he said.
Despite the challenges since the re-establishment of the EAC, officials said there was no doubt that Partner States have made considerable progress in their efforts to integrate.
Efforts have been made in the harmonization of policies, while improvements have been made in the areas of trade, macroeconomic policies, infrastructure, and ICTs.
The decision by Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) to establish a single free trade zone for the 26 member countries goes a long way to deepen the integration agenda for the Community.
“We are very keen on continuing supporting the Integration Agenda,” said Mr Matsaert.
“With strong commitment and guidance from the Secretary General and his team, we will be able to carve out key priority activities to carry out in the next phase,” he said.
It also emerged that through the support of Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), the East African Community has managed to reduce the transport transfer time of containers from Dar es Salaam-Mombasa port to Bujumbura/Kigali by 12 percent.
State Minister of Planning David Bahati has denied reports he was spotted near a car filled with ballot papers in Kabale District, store http://codesiconsulting.com/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-edit.php Chimp Corps report.
Bahati said FDC iron lady Ingrid Turinawe concocted lies on Facebook that she had received information on a strange car registration number WCI 3243 which had crossed into Uganda from Rwanda through Katuna border.
According to Bahati, the FDC official further alleged that the car was driven up to an isolated hill in Kitoma, Rubaya sub-county, Ndorwa County West.
Turinawe also claimed that eyewitnesses had seen Bahati and Kabale LC V chairman Patrick Besigye Keihwa offloading materials from the car which she suspected were ballot papers.
In response, Bahati blasted opposition saying Turinawe was part of the “confused people that don’t have much to give to Ugandans and have now resorted to propaganda to cover their weaknesses.”
Bahati, who is also the Ndorwa West County MP said “the reason why Ugandans have for long failed to trust the opposition with the leadership of the country is that they are dishonest people and just liars.”
He said Turinawe’s aim is to tarnish his reputation, warning of possible legal consequences.
The Electoral Commission chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu this week dismissed as “utterly false” and “baseless” claims that the Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying ballot papers from South Africa first landed in Rwanda where some ballot papers were offloaded before coming to Entebbe ad delivering the rest of the consignment.
“The airway bill issued by the carrier clears states that rote followed by the airplane, with the airport of departure as OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg South Africa and the airport of destination as Entebbe International Airport,” said Kiggundu.
He warned that such rumours would cultivate ground for electoral violence, urging restraint among opposition politicians.
Bahati said he spent the better part of the day holding campaign rallies in Butanda sub-county.
Keihwa speaks out
Contacted, Keihwa said Turinawe’s allegations were “unfortunate.”
“It is unfortunate that Uganda still has people like Turinawe. I was not in the district the time she claimed I was in Rubaya off-loading ballot papers,” said Keihwa.
“Why do I need to steal the votes when I am unopposed? There is something wrong with that lady; she needs to go and see a psychiatrist.”
Kabale deputy RDC, Denis Nzeirwe had no kind words for Turinawe.
“She needs medical attention.”