NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2 — President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday travelled to Arusha, Tanzania, for the 17th Ordinary East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit.
The plane carrying the President and his delegation departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 8:00 am.
At the airport, the President was seen off by the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and other senior Government officials.
Topping the summit agenda will be the consideration of EAC Council of Ministers reports on the negotiations on the admission of South Sudan into the Community and Sustainable Financing Mechanisms for the EAC.
The Summit is scheduled to deliberate on a report by the Council of Ministers on the admission of Somalia into the EAC.
The leaders are also expected to consider banning importation of used vehicles, clothes and shoes to promote motor vehicle assembly and the textile and leather industries in the region.
The leaders will launch the new International East African e-Passport (electronic-passport) during the summit.
The EAC Summit was preceded by the East African Business Leaders’ Summit which took place on Tuesday.
This year’s Summit is private sector focused giving businessmen the opportunity to engage with the Heads of State on key issues to be address in order for businesses in the EAC region to thrive.
The summit also gives opportunity to businessmen to make their voice heard at the regional level.