East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 22nd November, 2021: The 41st Ordinary Meeting of the East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers is currently underway via hybrid (physical and virtual) means.
The six-day meeting started on Monday, 22nd November, 2021 with the Session of Senior Officials which ends on Wednesday, 24th November, 2021.
The session of the Coordination Committee (Permanent /Principal/Under Secretaries) is set for Thursday, 25th November, while the Ministerial Session will take place on Monday, 29th November, 2021.
Among the items on the agenda are the considerations of various reports including those on: the Implementation of Previous Decisions of the Council; Office of the Secretary General; Planning and Infrastructure, and; Productive and Social Sectors.
Other matters to be considered are: Political Matters; Customs and Trade; Finance and Administration Matters; and Reports of other EAC Organs, namely the East African Legislative Assembly and East African Court of Justice.
The Council is also expected to consider the progress report on the ongoing recruitment of staff within EAC Organs and Institutions and implementation status of the East and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project.
The Council of Ministers is the policy-making Organ of the Community.
The Council consists of the Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs and/or Regional Cooperation of each Partner State and such other Ministers of the Partner State as each Partner State shall determine.
Among its functions, the Council promotes, monitors and keeps under constant review the implementation of the programmes of the Community and ensures the proper functioning of the regional bloc.