Posted by: APO | 31 October 2007

EAC Launches Common Market Negotiations


EAC Launches Common Market Negotiations

From Magaga, Alot, Head EAC Directorate of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, in Entebbe, Uganda 29th October 2007: A three – day introductory workshop for the High Level Task force of Negotiators of the East African Community Common Market opened at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel Entebbe, Uganda today.


The Workshop is being attended by over 70 participants among them senior government officials and experts from the EAC Partner States-Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi- and the EAC Secretariat.


The First Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of East African Community Affairs and Chairperson of the East African Community Council of Ministers, Rt. Hon. Eriya Kategaya officially opened the Workshop.


The Rt. Hon. Kategaya said the Workshop was being held at a time of high expectations by the East African people on tangible benefits of the Community. He said the ongoing implementation of the Customs Union has enhanced free movement of goods and services and resulted in increased volumes of trade within and amongst the Partner States.


Rt. Hon Eriya Kategaya said the Common Market with its key planks of facilitation of free movement of labour, capital and the right of establishment, would further promote increased productivity, wealth creation, competitiveness, and enhance the entrepreneurial capacity of the private sector and lead to better standards of living for East Africans.


Rt. Hon. Eriya Kategaya said that some of the issues in the Common Market negotiations could be considered “sensitive”, hence the negotiations should be handled in a candid, technical and professional manner, adopting a spirit of give and take and always focusing on the greater collective East African interests. He said the experience and trust that the East African Community has gained and engendered over the years, during the negotiations of the Treaty for the Establishment of the  East African Community and the East African Customs Union would be useful.


Rt. Hon. Eriya Kategaya said the membership of the High Level Task Force should be consistent throughout the negotiation process so that there would be focus and continuity in the process and timely delivery of EAC common Market Protocol.   


 Addressing the opening of the workshop, the Deputy Secretary General (Projects and Programme), EAC, Amb. Julius Onen said the workshop would enable the participants to get acquainted with one another and with the issues involved in the EAC Common Market.


Amb. Onen said that, following the establishment of the EAC Customs Union in 2005, the establishment of the Common Market was the next most important stage in the East African integration process. He urged the participants/ negotiators to apply themselves diligently towards the conclusion of the Common Market Protocol by December 2008 as directed by the EAC Summit.


Amb. Onen reviewed the current status of the EAC integration process noting that most of the issues involved in the Common Market were already contained in the various decisions of the EAC Council of Ministers; what now remains is to consolidate them into the EAC Common Market Protocol, he said.


During the three-day introductory workshop, the participants will be introduced to lessons from other economic groups especially those that have attained a common market and to the programes and modalities for the negotiation process itself.


The following are among the papers to be presented during the work ship.


Monday, 29th October 2007: EAC Regional Integration: Current Status, by Amb. Julius Onen, Deputy Secretary General, Projects and Programes, EAC; Implementation of the EAC Customs Union: the East African Business Council (EABC) Experience, by Mr. Charles Mbogori, Executive Director, EABC; Model Protocol by Mr, Dan Wameyo, MA Consultants.


Tuesday, 30th October 2007: Free Movement of Persons, Labour, Services, Right of Establishment and Residence: Key Negotiation Issues, by Prof, John –Jean Bary, Makerere University; Free Movement of Goods, Services and Capital: Key Negotiation Issues by Prof. Francis Mutambalya, Consultant, University of Dar-es-Salaam; Empowerment through Negotiation Skills, the Dos, and Donts by Prof. Okoth Okombo, University of Nainsi.


Wednesday 31st October 2007: The EU Experience :
EU and Maastricht Process, Experiences and Lessons, by Amb. (Rtd) Bitterlich, former Head of Department, Federal Chancellery of Germany.


Directorate of Corporate Communication & Public Affairs 

EAC Secretariat


29th October 2007. 







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