SUMMIT OF EAC HEADS OF STATE COMMIT TO REVITALIZE THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY COMMON MARKET

The High Level Retreat for the Summit on the EAC Common Market, the best way to increase intra-regional trade and spur economic growth in the region, was held on 21 july 2022 in Arusha, Tanzania under the chairmanship of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

During their High Level Retreat on the Common Market, the Heads of State, among other things: took stock of the progress of implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol; adopt strategic measures to unlock the lags and bottlenecks in establishment of the Common Market; agree on a roadmap for the full realization of the Common Market, and; identify key areas where Development Partners can contribute to the attainment of the Common Market.

At their 22nd Ordinary Meeting, the EAC Heads of State, among other things: are expected today 22nd July 2022, to consider the Report of the Council to the Summit; assent to Bills passed by the East African Legislative Assembly; consider the report of the High-level Summit Retreat on the EAC Common Market, and; appoint Judges to the East African Court of Justice.

The Heads of State are expected to launch the 42.4 km Arusha Bypass Road. The bypass is part of the multinational Arusha – Holili /Taveta – Voi Road Project.The bypass was co-funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Africa Trade Fund and the Governments the United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Kenya to the tune of US$173.86 million.

The two High Level events namely the Retreat on the Common Market and the EAC Heads of State Summit, are attended by Burundi Head of State, HE President Evariste Ndayishimiye, Tanzania Head of State, HE President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Uganda Head of State,HE President Yoweri Museveni, Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attending as Guest of the Summit, Rwanda’s Prime Minister Édouard Ngirente, South Sudan’s Presidential Affairs Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin. Also present at the function was the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, H.E. Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge, who represented Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo.

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