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EAC States Edge Closer to Harmonised ITC Framework

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The Minister of Internal Affairs, generic sickness http://ccresourcecenter.org/wp-includes/class-wp-tax-query.php Gen. Aronda Nyakairima on Wednesday briefed Parliament on the shocking murder of Senior State Attorney, dosage drug Joan Kagezi who was also the acting Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gen. Aronda, who on Tuesday morning visited the scene at Kiwatule, Kampala, where Ms Kagezi was precisely singled out and shot dead, said the killing of the prosecutor is part of an “organized crime”.

He did not mention the group to which the suspected killers belong but stopped short of saying Ugandan security agencies are struggling to contain a wave of extreme acts bordering on terrorism or rebellion.

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“Rt. Honourable Speaker, the preliminary findings suggest that the murder of Joan is part of organized crime that the police and sister security agencies have been warning us about since September last year,” Gen. Aronda said.

He pointed out that on September, 13, 2014 a group of suspected terrorists armed with explosive devices and suicide jackets with the intention of executing a deadly a mission on the next day were apprehended by police inside the country.

After the arrests, said the Internal Affairs Ministry, a number of high profile murders carried out in uniform manner started taking place mainly in Busoga and the central region.

“At the close of last year and early this year, several Muslim leaders were gunned down in Mayuge and here in Kampala. The LCIII Chairperson in Namayingo district was also killed.

“Honorable members will note that there are similarities in the methods the murders used in many of these cases including selectively picking their targets and use of motorcycles to get away.”

Aronda said the security has managed to track down suspects in Busoga, dismantled their cells and valuable leads have so far been gathered.

In the same vein, Aronda assured Members of Parliament that police is working round the clock to bring Ms Kagezi assassins to book.

“The police and sister security agencies embarked on investigations into the murder of Joan and are analyzing all information they are collecting. They are following all leads and the hunt for the killers is on.”
The Minister of Internal Affairs, view Gen. Aronda Nyakairima on Wednesday briefed Parliament on the shocking murder of Senior State Attorney, buy http://creativecommons.org/wordpress/wp-includes/class-simplepie.php Joan Kagezi who was also the acting Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gen. Aronda, sick who on Tuesday morning visited the scene at Kiwatule, Kampala, where Ms Kagezi was precisely singled out and shot dead, said the killing of the prosecutor is part of an “organized crime”.

He did not mention the group to which the suspected killers belong but stopped short of saying Ugandan security agencies are struggling to contain a wave of extreme acts bordering on terrorism or rebellion.

“Rt. Honourable Speaker, the preliminary findings suggest that the murder of Joan is part of organized crime that the police and sister security agencies have been warning us about since September last year,” Gen. Aronda said.

He pointed out that on September, 13, 2014 a group of suspected terrorists armed with explosive devices and suicide jackets with the intention of executing a deadly a mission on the next day were apprehended by police inside the country.

After the arrests, said the Internal Affairs Ministry, a number of high profile murders carried out in uniform manner started taking place mainly in Busoga and the central region.

“At the close of last year and early this year, several Muslim leaders were gunned down in Mayuge and here in Kampala. The LCIII Chairperson in Namayingo district was also killed.

“Honorable members will note that there are similarities in the methods the murders used in many of these cases including selectively picking their targets and use of motorcycles to get away.”

Aronda said the security has managed to track down suspects in Busoga, dismantled their cells and valuable leads have so far been gathered.

In the same vein, Aronda assured Members of Parliament that police is working round the clock to bring Ms Kagezi assassins to book.

“The police and sister security agencies embarked on investigations into the murder of Joan and are analyzing all information they are collecting. They are following all leads and the hunt for the killers is on.”
The ECA Country Profiles – set to become key data and forecasting tools for Africa – were launched at the 8th Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union Specialised Technical Committee on Finance, physician http://ceris.ca/wp-includes/ms-load.php Monetary Affairs, http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-media-v1-1-endpoint.php Economic Planning and Integration and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, http://chompdigital.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-posts-list-table.php Planning and Economic Development in Addis Ababa recently.

Five pilot profiles were presented, covering Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria. These reports will help countries to focus their energies on macro-economic and social policies that will help them achieve structural transformation in Africa.

The profiles provide a diversity of stakeholders, including governments, investors, partners, academics, analysts and civil society representatives, with a high quality, alternative source of data.

“Africa must be in position to tell its own story, but it won’t be able to do so if it doesn’t have the relevant data to tell this story. The ECA country profiles will assist member states to take control of their own narratives. This also places them in a better position to take evidence-based decisions,” ECA Deputy Executive Secretary Mr Abdalla Hamdock, said at the launch.

While country profiles can become powerful tools for the promotion of national and African growth, their success will depend on the support of each country.

“We support the African narrative, and in doing it well. Our facts and figures will prove this message: these will not be ordinary country profiles, they will always put Africa first”, explained Mr Antonio Pedro, Director of the ECA Office for East Africa. Mr Pedro stressed, however, that securing reliable data across the continent is not always easy.

“This tool is needed all the more, since sustaining Africa’s current impressive growth will require continuous vigilance and assertiveness through elements such as the Country Profiles we are launching today”, concluded, Mr Hamdock.

ECA regional directors for West, Central and Austral Africa, Dimitri Sanga, Emile Adohe and Said Adejumobi also attended the launch.

Other key points discussed at the event included the ECA’s plans to give priority to national data, the role of country profiles in supporting structural transformation and increasing data collection capacity in member countries.
The Connected East Africa Summit has commenced deliberations on how to seal the gaps in ICT integration and shared infrastructure among East African Member states, abortion http://corcoranproductions.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/cli/class-wc-cli-product.php Chimp Corps report.

The region now looks at ICT as a major driver of economic growth.

Speaking during the inaugural East Africa Connected Summit, find http://crmsoftwareblog.com/wp-includes/rewrite.php ICT Ministers from Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and South Sudan hailed the event for providing a platform for networking and learning among member countries.

“In Kenya ICT is one of the most vibrant sectors with its contribution to the GDP growing year after year.  The sector has the ability to transform lives of those that we serve—our citizens. If we all work together in the region we will be able to achieve our goals of improving the lives of our people,” said Dr Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Information Communications and Technology.

Among the main focus areas of the 2015 summit are the Critical Infrastructure Act 2015, local content policy, Enterprise Kenya and the increase in allocation of funds to ICT projects from less than 3 per cent to 5 per cent with Enterprise Kenya looking at funding 50 start-ups to achieve global standards by the year 2015.

Dr Matiang’i reported that a task force is already working on a new regulation that will offer mitigation measures against vandalism and provide guidelines to better management of infrastructure right from the conception and design stages in the Critical Infrastructure Act, 2015.The bill, the first in Africa, is expected to be tabled in parliament in the next 3 months.

Among the key players in the its development include the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Ministry of ICT, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Engineers Board of Kenya, Telecommunication Service Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK) and Safaricom.

“Kenya and East Africa loses substantial resources each year through the destruction of key infrastructure. The resources used to carry out these repairs can be used for the provision of other essential services. It’s is critical that partners coordinate to protect these facilities that are critical to a better economy and well being,” added Dr.  Matiang’i.

An important focus of this year’s event is the growth of local ICT SME’s for job creation and growth of regional income.

“We recently created Enterprise Kenya to drive engagement with relevant government agencies and push for local content and businesses. Through the entity we plan to catalyze start up businesses to the global arena,” said Victor Kyalo, CEO, and ICT Authority.

Aligning to this push, Microsoft launched an online hub that will connect SMEs’ across Africa by aggregating premium offers and relevant online services.

“Biz4Afrika is an Africa-wide network of SMEs designed to enable a sustainable and connected community of entrepreneurs which will impact on job creation, global competitiveness and wealth creation. The online hub aims to meet the needs of every start-up or SME whether in start, growth and acceleration phases,” said Kunle Awosika, Microsoft Kenya Country Manager.

According to Microsoft, the project was informed by a research that showed that tech-savvy SMEs create twice as many new jobs and grow revenues 15% faster than SMEs using little technology. Microsoft is this year’s summit title sponsor.

Major areas of collaboration among East Africa member states so far have included; One Area Network, Digital Migration, Broadband Strategies, Northern Corridor, Integrated terrestrial communication network across the region (fibre network) and the Integration of National Backbones for harmonised ‘smart plans’. Others are East Africa Broadband ICT Infrastructure Network (EAC-BIN), as well as EAC Medicine Registration Harmonization project.

On policies, member states are working on EAC legal framework for Cyber laws and ICT policy and Harmonization framework.

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