EAC SECRETARY GENERAL EMBARKS ON TOUR TO LVBC, LVFO
ARUSHA, Tanzania, May 8, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary General of the EAC Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera is this week scheduled to visit two Institutions of the Community to acquaint himself with their operations.
Amb. Sezibera will visit the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) between Wednesday 9 and Saturday 12 May 2012. The visits to the Institutions, based in Kisumu (Kenya) and Jinja (Uganda) respectively, will provide the Secretary General an opportunity to familiarize himself with the LVBC and LVFO projects and programmes and to interact with staff of the two organizations.
Amb. Sezibera is expected to visit selected sites within the Lake Victoria Basin on the Kenyan (Abala Community Water Project) and Ugandan sides (Mount Elgon Regional Ecosystem Conservation Programme (MERECP) sites). The Secretary General will be able to meet and interact with project officials as well as the common citizens living around those areas.
The Secretary General will also tour the Busia and Malaba border posts (Kenya/Uganda border) and interact with border officials as well as the business community before proceeding to Uganda where he will visit the LVFO offices and the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI), among others.
The Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization was formed through a Convention signed in 1994 by the East African Community Partner States of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as a result of the need to manage the fisheries resources of Lake Victoria in a coordinated manner.
LVFO is an Institution of the EAC whose aim is to harmonize, develop and adopt conservation and management measures for the sustainable utilization of living resources of Lake Victoria to optimize socio-economic benefits from the basin.
The East African Community established the Lake Victoria Basin Commission formerly known as the Lake Victoria Development Programme in 2001, as a mechanism for coordinating the various interventions on the Lake and its Basin; and serving as a centre for promotion of investments and information sharing among the various stakeholders. The programme is the driving force for turning the Lake Victoria Basin into a real economic growth zone.
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