President Yoweri Museveni is already in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, today Saturday to attend the 18th Ordinary East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit.
Speaking earlier, Museveni said he will highlight the issue of a joint move to Burundi by the lead facilitator and mediator in an effort to urge all stakeholders to engage in dialogue.
“We need a consensus on Burundi as a region. When I take up the chair of EAC at the next summit, I will raise this issue so that we can have a decision. We should never neglect any opportunity for dialogue. We need to ease tensions with regional players,” he said.
Museveni who is a mediator in the Burundi peace process will assume the EAC chairmanship from Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, while former Tanzania President, Benjamin Mkapa, is the lead facilitator.
Presidents of the six countries making up the East African Community including; President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi) and for the first time, Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, are expected to attend.
Arrived in Tanzania for the 18th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State. Theme is ‘Towards Sustainable Growth & Devpt of the Community’. pic.twitter.com/XzXa4cAHkj
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) May 20, 2017
Top on the agenda is the consideration of EU-EAC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Sustainable Financing Mechanism for the Community.
The Summit will also consider the status of the EAC Political Federation, the appointment of a Deputy Secretary General from the Tanzania, the appointment of a Judge from South Sudan to the First Instance Division of the East African Court of Justice.
The Summit will also receive a report on the road map for the accelerated integration of South Sudan into the EAC, and consider progress report on the implementation framework for the EAC Institutional Review.
Also on the agenda are: a progress report on the verification exercise for the admission of the Republic of Somalia into the EAC; a report on the modalities for promotion of motor vehicle assembly in the region and to reduce the importation of used motor vehicles from outside the Community, and; a report on the review on the textile and leather sector with a view to phasing out importation of used textiles and footwear.
The Summit will consider assenting to Bills passed by the East African Legislative Assembly and will also present awards to the winners of the EAC Students Essay, 2016.
The Summit will also declare the transformation of the EAC into a Common Higher Education Area.
The Summit is being preceded by the 34th Extraordinary Meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers that is currently underway at the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel from today 16th to 18th May, 2017.