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Leaders discuss EAC market

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th April 2009 03:00 AM

THE heads of state of the East African Community (EAC) member countries are expected to discuss the progress report on the Common Market protocol at the 10th summit that opens today.

By Cyprian Musoke

THE heads of state of the East African Community (EAC) member countries are expected to discuss the progress report on the Common Market protocol at the 10th summit that opens today.

They are also expected to come up with a joint position on the proposed African Union Government.

The summit that kicks off at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, will also discuss the report on the national consultations on fast tracking the federation in Rwanda and Burundi.

At the summit, Uganda’s Principal Judge Justice James Ogoola will be sworn in as Judge of the East African Court of Justice.

New deputy secretary generals will also be appointed and sworn in, according to a release from the EAC secretariat.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the current chairperson of the summit, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Pierre Nkurunzinza of Burundi and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya are expected to attend.

According to a State House release, Museveni arrived in Arusha yesterday and was received by the Tanzanian minister of foreign affairs and international co-operation, Bernard Membe.

He was Museveni was seen off at Entebbe International Airport by Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya and head of the public service John Mitala.

He was yesterday scheduled to join other EAC heads of state to witness the launch of the 240km Arusha – Namanga – Athi River highway that links Arusha to Nairobi.

The highway is part of the EAC road network project corridor jointly financed by the African Development Bank and the Japanese Co-operation.
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Leaders discuss EAC market

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