PRESS RELEASE By Ben Mwendwa – For Head of Communications.
Kiambu, June, 8th 2015.
THE FIRST FAMILY HOSTS EAC FLAG.
The first Family played host to the members of the East African Legislative Assembly where the EAC Flag was hosted in their rural home in Gatundu Kiambu County.
Adrressing the EALA Members when they paid her a courtesy callthe Widow of the Kenya Founding Father Mama Ngina Kenyatta appreciated the efforts made to ensure that the EAC region becomes a reality of the dream her late husband had.
Mama Ngina congratulated the members for fast tracking what was set by the founding fathers and challenged them to make sure that the objectives of the Community are achieved “Mzee Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere and Milton Obote had a great dream for East Africa which was not realised in their time but you can make it a reality” Mama Ngina said. She challenged communities to live in peace stating that as the only way the region would grow is by peaceful co-existence.
The first Lady H.E Margaret Kenyatta registered great appreciation for the great privilege to host the regional Law Makers.
Later the EALA Members presented the East African regional flag to the first family which was hosted immediately next to the national flag flying in the rural home. This was to symbolically appreciate the efforts made by the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta to make East Africa a fully integrated community.
Mean while the Community has been urged to ensure business friendly environment in order to open up the growing market in the East African region. However how much the region has great potential to grow economy; there still exist bottlenecks that act as impediments to the anticipated growth.
The private sector feels that the potential of the regional economic growth has not been fully utilized due to these challenges. There has been a concerted effort to have the region embrace the provisions of the Common Market protocol whose main objective was to accelerate economic growth and development of the partner states through the attainment of the free movement of goods, persons and labour which has so far yielded. Despite this, the letter and the spirit of this protocol lack the regional goodwill of some partner states.
These challenges were revealed by the Brookside Africa Chief operating officer Mr. Faiz Taib during a tour of the facility by the East African Legislative Assembly Members .The members were taken through the impending challenges mostly in relation to the regional market which has seen the firm export only 3% of its production compared to the same industries in the Ugandan market which export 80% of its Dairy Produce. This, the officer indicated that was due to chain of bureaucracies in the transportation and legal provision needed for the target market.
The EALA members assured the company of their great support and promised to keenly see to it that these challenges are addressed within the provisions of the Treaty. The EALA, Kenya Chapter vice Chair Nancy Abysai indicated that a bill has been drafted on the standards, Quality and measurements and will be out for Public Participations before it’s presented in the floor of the regional parliament.This Bill is intended to address some of these great challenges.