EALA has commenced the third round of sensitization in the Partner States with legislators targeting various stakeholders in outreach.
The sensitization activities, page http://cocktaildream.be/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/submission.php carried out by the EALA local Chapters in the Partner States, treat commenced on October 28th, information pills 2016, and shall run over the next ten days. The sensitization is anchored on the theme: “EAC Integration Agenda: Accessing the gains.”
The sensitization programmes target Parliamentarians, youth groups, representatives of the business community and local government authorities. Other groups include government officials, students and media in the respective Partner States.
In Rwanda, the EALA Chapter is scheduled to tour the Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) Liaison Office as well as the Rwanda Standards Board to hold discussions with the stakeholders.
Also on the cards are visits to the Nemba One Stop Border Post on the Rwanda/Burundi border as well as a tour to the Rusumo One Stop Border Post bordering Rwanda and Tanzania and at Gatuna on the Rwanda/Uganda frontier.
The Uganda Chapter on its part, has a date with students at the Kyambogo University on Wednesday this week and later on with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce.
The Charpter shall also visit the Uganda Heart Institute which is an EAC Centre of Excellence and hold public hearings on four Bills before the House, according to a Program availed to the Public Relations Office.
The Bills are the EAC Gender Equality and Development Bill, 2016, EAC Prohibition of Female and Genital Mutilation Bill, 2016, the EAC Whistle Blower Protection Bill, 2016 and the EAC Retirement Benefits for Specified Heads of Organs Bill, 2016.
In Burundi, the EALA Chapter was expected to commence their activities with courtesy calls on the President of the Burundi National Assembly and the Minister for EAC Affairs before heading to Muyinga Province.
There, the Chapter will meet with the Governor then proceed to the Kobero One Stop Border Post. Business communities living at the border are expected to benefit from a visit where discussions on the benefits of integration shall take centre stage.
The EALA Burundi Chapter is then heading to Ngozi Province to meet with stakeholders. It shall also take the opportunity to hold public hearings on Bills before the House.
The Chapter in Tanzania also commenced the sensitization activities with a tour of the Immigration Department in Dar es Salaam.
The program also includes a courtesy call on the Chama Cha Mapinduzi Secretary General and EALA Speaker Emeritus, Rt Hon Abdulrahman Kinana, as well as sensitisation of different stakeholders in the coastal areas of Dar, Tanga and the environs. The Chapter led by Hon Makongoro Nyerere, will also visit the border post of HoroHoro, which neighbours that of Lunga-Lunga on the Kenyan side. The Chapter hopes to undertake joint sensitization with citizens who reside on both sides of the borders.
In Kenya, EALA shall visit Government authorities including courtesy calls on the Immigration department and its parent Ministry of Internal and Co-ordination of National Government. The Members are also expected to touch base with private sector representatives including blue chip conglomerate, Safaricom and the healthcare providers, AAR.
Other consultative meetings with parastatal bodies will include Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Communications Authority of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service.A number of consultations will be held with regards to the pending Bills in the House.
This is the third phase of the outreach programme following a successful phases held in the Partner States in April and June 2016. The activities hope to sensitise EAC citizens on the overall integration process and to promote liaison with key stakeholders in the process.
The outreach programmes also hope to keep the EAC populace informed on the role of EALA in the integration process and to enhance interaction between the Private Sector and the Civil Society.
Sensitization is a key component of EALA’s work. The EALA Strategic Plan (2013-2018) envisages a people-centered approach to widening and deepening of the integration agenda.