Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 June 2009

East African Community launches web portal / New dedicated websites created for EAC organs and sectors





East African Community launches web portal / New dedicated websites created for EAC organs and sectors



ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 26, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Juma Mwapachu today launched the EAC Web Portal, which brings to the World Wide Web a wealth of locally-generated resources on the East African Community in particular and the East African region in general. The launch which took place at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania was attended by the EAC Deputy Secretary General (Planning and Infrastructure), Mr. Alloyce Mutabingwa, senior officials from the EAC Secretariat and a host of Arusha-based local and international journalists.


The web portal, hosted at, is an entry point to all resources from the EAC that are available online and provides links to fully-fledged standalone websites newly created for the Community’s various sectors, organs and key offices at the Secretariat. Additionally, the EAC Web Portal points to a variety of online applications that  include the EAC Library’s Reports database, EAC’s mail application and a database containing EAC Council decisions, to name but three.


While addressing the Media, Amb. Juma Mwapachu said more than 18 websites have been created and are directly accessible from the portal’s homepage. He said the portal provides links to websites for the directorates of Customs, Trade and Infrastructure; sector-specific websites for Tourism and Travel, Investment, Peace and Security, Statistics, Corporate Communications, Education, Health, Agriculture and Energy among others. He said EAC organs to whose websites the portal links include the East African Legislative Assembly, the East African Court of Justice and the Secretariat. Furthermore, websites for the Office of the Secretary General and the Resource Mobilisation Office have also been created, as well as web platforms for all EAC photos and videos.


Ultimately envisioned as the starting point for any East African Community-related information search on the internet, the web portal also provides links to the websites of the various autonomous institutions of the Community, websites of Partner State government institutions and those of strategic partners in the public and private sectors.


The Ag. Head of the Department of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Mr Owora Richard Othieno said the EAC websites hosted on the portal have been developed in adherence to basic web design/accessibility guidelines, meaning users are assured of a seamless experience every time they visit any of the websites that are a part of the portal. He added that efforts have been made to ensure a consistent look and feel across all platforms, with specific emphasis placed on accuracy, currency and relevance of information for the EAC’s various publics.

He said critically, all websites feeding into the portal allow for direct user interaction with the EAC, a vital feature in ensuring a continuous dialogue between the Community and East Africans and non-East Africans alike.


The Secretary General informed the Media of the 2nd EAC Investment Conference to be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya from 29 to 31 July 2009. He said the Investment Conference was being organized by the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the East African Business Council and the Investment Promotion Agencies of the East African Community Partner States.


The EAC Investment Conference is an annual event held in rotation in the EAC Partner States since the inaugural one that was held in Kigali, Rwanda in June 2008. It is the premier forum for the EAC and the Partner States to promote the region as a single market and investment area.


The 2nd EAC Investment Conference is expected to bring together policy makers, business leaders and the regional and international investment community to review the investment outlook of the EAC region and discuss investment opportunities.


East African Community (EAC)


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