, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 – President Mwai Kibaki will on Friday afternoon travel to Arusha, Tanzania to attend the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State.
The plane carrying the President and his delegation departs Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 3pm.
President Kibaki is the current chairperson of the EAC Summit. Other Presidents expected at the Summit are Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.
At the Summit, the Heads of State will consider a report of the Council of Ministers on the proposed attainment of a Single Customs Territory, appointment of a new Deputy Secretary General from Uganda and renewal of contract of Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, Deputy Secretary-Secretary General.
Also set for consideration by the special Summit is last October’s pending application by South Sudan to join the East African Community.
Other regional issues to prominently feature in the Summit are the pending issues under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005 between Sudan and South Sudan and the security situation in Somalia.
The East African leadership is determined to conclude negotiations for the East African Monetary Union, which commenced in 2011 and fast track the process towards East African Federation so as to construct a powerful and sustainable East African economic and political bloc.