From; Public Communications Office
The treaty establishing the current East African Community (EAC) provides for entrenchment of citizens of the Community in the entire process of integration, a Principal Secretary in the State Department of East African Affairs, Mr. John O. Konchellah has said.
He added that lessons learnt during the collapse of the premier EAC (1967-1977) was due to the non-involvement of the key stakeholders and the wider citizenry in the formulation and implementation of the cooperation agenda, forcing the current Partner states to involve all stakeholders in the decision making to make integration process a success.
From : Public Communications Office - Sammy Kwichichi Wekesa
Date : 17.8.2015
The Principal Secretary for State Department of East African Affairs, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Mr. John O. Konchellah will officiate at the above mentioned workshop at the Gilean Hotel, Machakos on Tuesday August 18th, 2015 starting at 10.a.m.
The workshop is as a result of the Treaty of the East African Community (EAC) which puts emphasis on citizen participation in the integration process. The preamble recognizes that lack of participation was a key contributor to the dissolution of the original East African Community (1967-1977). The lack of participation by citizens of East Africa in the integration process made it a purely process driven by leaders. The creation of opportunities for participation is therefore a key feature of the Treaty.
Article 7 under Chapter 2 describes the community as a people-centered and market driven cooperation. It also emphasizes multi-level participation and the involvement of a wide-range of stakeholders in the integration process.
This is therefore, to request you to send your crew to cover the event and participate in the deliberations of the two-day workshop so as to understand the issues that private sector and other interest groups will raise.
FROM: PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
DATE 16th AUGUST 2015
BY Sammy Kwichichi Wekesa-Public Communications Officer
The Principal Secretary with State Department of East African Affairs, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Mr. John O. Konchellah says Partner States of the East African Community have embarked on the operationalization of 15 One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) along their common entry points to reduce the time taken to clear goods and services by between 30-40%.
Mr. Konchellah at the same time announced that the Government has appointed Kenya Revenue Authority officials to be in charge of all Borders posts management committees to be assisted by Immigration officers so as to ensure smooth operations at the One Stop Border Posts currently under construction.