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EAC heads of state meet in Kampala tomorrow over infrastructure, health financing

By Joyce Namutebi

Added 20th February 2018 01:40 PM

The theme for the joint Heads of State Retreat is “Deepening and widening regional integration through Infrastructure and Health Sector Development in the EAC Partner States.’’

EAC heads of state meet in Kampala tomorrow over infrastructure, health financing

Left to right: Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenyan), Yoweri Museveni( Uganda), John Magufuli ( Tanzania) and Paul Kagame( Rwanda).Photo/File

The theme for the joint Heads of State Retreat is “Deepening and widening regional integration through Infrastructure and Health Sector Development in the EAC Partner States.’’

East African Community heads of state will hold a two-day retreat in Kampala on infrastructure and health financing and development starting tomorrow (Wednesday).

The theme for the joint heads of state retreat is "Deepening and widening regional integration through infrastructure and health sector development in the EAC partner states.''

The retreat to be held at Speke Resort, Munyonyo is aimed at accelerating the attainment of the objectives of the EAC development strategy, African Union agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals in the infrastructure and health sectors in the EAC, according to EAC secretary general, Liberat Mfumukeko.

 EAC member states are Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

Addressing journalists at a press conference held at the EAC headquarters recently Mfumukeko said the joint retreat is expected to give impetus to infrastructure and health development by way of harnessing political support for regional flagship projects, funding commitments, and Public-Private Partnerships arrangements.

He noted that the EAC had identified infrastructure development and health as sectors in which it would have to invest massive resources to spur economic growth and prosperity in East Africa.

"Let me assure you that EAC investment in infrastructure projects and health development continues to receive the utmost political attention by none other than EAC heads of states.''

Mfumukeko said the retreat would be preceded by separate infrastructure and health sector investors' and donors' round-tables February 21, 2018, ministerial session of the 36th meeting of the council of ministers and the ministerial session of the 35th extra-ordinary 
meeting of the council.

He further disclosed that the 4th Joint Retreat Programme will include an international infrastructure and health sector exhibition that will run from february 21st to 22nd, 2018. The exhibition will provide a platform for players in the infrastructure and health sectors to showcase new products and services as well as exhibit the latest advances in research and innovation.

On the participation of the EAC head of states, secretary general confirmed to the media that all the EAC heads of state will attend the joint retreat on 22nd February and 19th Ordinary Summit on 23rd February, 2018. 

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