NAIROBI, June 21 — East African leaders will hold a summit on Thursday in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss major issues affecting the region.
"President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi will attend the Jun 26 summit meeting," a statement from the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat said on Saturday.
During the ninth summit of the regional economic bloc, the EAC leaders will receive a progress report of the council of ministers of the EAC on the activities of the regional economic bloc undertaken over the past year period.
"The leaders will also review the overall program of the EAC in the period ahead of the implementation of the 3rd EAC Development Strategy (2006-2010) and also make appointments of new Judges of the East African Court of Justice," the statement said.
"The Heads of State Summit will be immediately followed by a Summit Retreat which will focus on the development of regional infrastructure which the EAC has prioritized in its program".
The regional council of ministers has adopted plans of action which will be discussed at the Summit Retreat in Kigali, examining in depth the infrastructure deficits in the region and determining the ways and means to address the deficits expeditiously.
The regional intergovernmental organization aims at widening and deepening co-operation among the Partner States in, among others, political, economic and social fields for their mutual benefit.
To this extent the EAC countries established a Customs Union in 2005 and are working towards the establishment of a Common Market by 2010.
"The plans of action encompass modernization, extension and development of railways and road networks, lake transport on Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika, ports and harbours, civil aviation, telecommunications and energy," the statement said.
The regional intergovernmental organization aims at widening and deepening co-operation among partner states.
The EAC countries established a Customs Union in 2005 and are working towards the establishment of a Common Market by 2010.