Tanzania to Join EAC One Network Area Soon

EAC Secretary General Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera (centre) with the Director General of Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, Dr. Ally Simba (left), and EAC Director of Infrastructure Philip Wambugu at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania

Police in Mbarara are hunting for assailants who murdered a 60 year old man and dumped his body in a river on Sunday.

Joseph Mukasa alias Deku, information pills a resident of Manji Rugazi Mbarara was found lifeless in River Rwizi, buy Kakoba Division on Tuesday 22nd.

Joseph is said to have been a cleaner working at Markhan Singh Street in Mbarara Town.

Residents told police that they last saw the deceased on Sunday before he disappeared without trace.

The residents then contacted his relatives in Rwampara, price who informed Mbarara police about the missing old man.

Mbarara OC CID Chiriga Taban said that the body was discovered by a child who had climbed up a tree.

Police took the body to Mbarara referral hospital for postmortem as the hunt for the killers continues.

Relations between India and the East African Community are set to be revitalized especially in the areas of trade, visit this cultural exchange and development cooperation.

India’s High Commissioner to Tanzania and Representative to the EAC, Mr. Sandeep Arya, said his country was keen on strengthening trade and cultural ties with the EAC which date back several centuries.

Mr Arya said India already had bilateral projects in most of the EAC Partner States particularly health and agriculture, adding that they wanted to partner with the EAC to boost trade volumes and promoting industrial growth in East Africa.

Mr Arya said he would work closely with the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Indian Exim Bank in these initiatives, noting that these partnerships should for a start be between these two institutions and the East African Development Bank and the East African Business Council.

Mr Arya was speaking Tuesday after presenting his credentials to the EAC Secretary General, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, at the EAC Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania. Dr. Sezibera thanked India for its support to the Partner States singling out the scholarships granted to students from the Partner States to study in India.

Dr Sezibera also cited the support granted to the Community by India in the preparation of the East African Railways Master Plan the implementation of which he said would revolutionize the transport sector in the region.

He disclosed that that “one of the challenges faced by the EAC in relation to the free movement of goods across the region was the porous borders with non-EAC neighbours,” adding that this issue was being addressed.

The Secretary General said there would be common rules of origin for goods within the EAC-COMESA-SADC Free Trade Area which is expected to become operational soon. He added that the EAC was also cooperating with COMESA and SADC on infrastructure development.

Political federation

Dr. Sezibera said the constitution making process for a Political Federation, the ultimate stage of the EAC integration process, would begin this year..

Later in the day, the Danish Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania and Representative to the EAC , H.E. Einar Jensen  also presented his letter of accreditation to the EAC Secretary General, designating him as his country’s representative to the EAC.

In his remarks, the Danish Ambassador hailed EAC for the remarkable achievements so far recorded in the establishment of the Customs Union Protocol, Common Market Protocol and Monetary Union Protocol.

“Denmark has chosen to formalise its relations with the East African Community in recognition of the aspirations and ambitions of the EAC,” noted Amb. Jensen.

Amb Sezibera noted that the accreditation sets a new stage in the relationship between Denmark and the EAC.

He lauded the long-standing ties between the EAC Partner States and Denmark, and reaffirmed the EAC’s commitment to strengthen the relationship.

Also present at the function was the Counsel to the Community, Dr. Albert Kafumbe, the Counsel to the Community.
Tanzania will soon join the EAC one network area which harmonizes tariffs on voice calls within the East African Community.

The Director General of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), sale Dr. Ally Yahaya Simba, information pills said the harmonization of mobile call tariffs which will significantly reduce roaming charges for calls originating from other EAC Partner States would come into effect as soon as the existing telecommunications policies and regulations have been revised.

Dr Simba disclosed that first to be harmonized would be roaming charges on voice calls with data charges to follow later.

The EAC Heads of State Summit at their last meeting directed the Council of Ministers to expedite the implementation of the framework for harmonized EAC roaming charges, including the removal of surcharges for international telecommunications traffic originating and terminating within the EAC by July 15th, 2015.

Dr Simba was speaking when he paid a courtesy call on the EAC Secretary General, Dr. Richard Sezibera, at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha on Tuesday.

The TCRA CEO, who was on a familiarization tour of the EAC Secretariat, was accompanied by TCRA’s Deputy Director (Zonal Coordination), Mr Victor Nkya; Deputy Director (Postal Affairs), Mr Haruni Lemanya; Northern Zone Manager Eng Annette Matindi, and; Mr Julius Felix, Senior Frequency Management Scientist.

In his remarks, Dr Sezibera said the EAC One Area Network which has already been implemented by Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda would greatly enhance business within the Community.

Dr Sezibera said the Community had prioritized four main areas where progress must be made to drive the EAC integration process forward, namely Communications (harmonization of roaming charges); civil aviation (high air travel fares); one stop border posts (transit charges), and; the need to actively engage the private sector in the integration process.

The Secretary General said the EAC was currently negotiating with South Sudan on the possibility of integrating the region’s broadband networks with the world’s youngest nation as a way of reducing voice and data roaming charges.

Dr Sezibera disclosed that postal numbering systems in the region would be harmonized so that people can be identified with their locations or residences.

He hailed the EAC Electronic Transactions (e-Transactions) Bill which is currently before the East African Legislative Assembly, adding that the proposed legislation would provide a legal framework to govern online transactions which is a fast growing sector in the region.

Also present at the function was Mr Philip Wambugu, the Director of Infrastructure at the EAC Secretariat.


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