, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 26 – The East African Community (EAC) has launched its web portal at Arusha headquarters in Tanzania.
The site www.eac.int is an entry point to all resources from the EAC that are available online and it provides links to fully-fledged stand-alone websites created for the Community’s various sectors and key offices at the Secretariat.
Secretary General of the EAC, Ambassador 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,” added Mr Mwapachu.
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 institutions and those of strategic partners in the public and private sectors.
Acting Head of the Department of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, 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.
“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 added.
“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,” Mr Othieno explained.
In the meantime, preparations are complete for the 2nd EAC Investment Conference to be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi from 29 to 31 July 2009.
“The Investment Conference has been organised by the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the East African Business Council and the Investment Promotion Agencies of the East African Community Partner States,” Mr Mwapachu said.
The EAC Investment Conference is an annual event held in rotation in the EAC Partner States. The inaugural one 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.