Friday, May 27, 2016

FLY OVER SABA KUJENGWA DAR - PROF. MBARAWA

Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano, Prof. Makame Mbarawa akifafanua jambo kwa waandishi wa habari (hawapo pichani), kuhusu mkakati wa kupunguza msongamano katikati ya jiji la Dar es salaam leo ofsini kwake. Kushoto kwake ni Katibu Mkuu wa wizara hiyo (sekta ya Ujenzi), Eng. Joseph Nyamhanga.
Meneja Mradi wa Daraja la Nyerere kutoka Mfuko wa Hifadhi ya Jamii (NSSF), Eng. Karim Mattaka, akitoa maelezo kwa Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano, Prof. Makame Mbarawa (kushoto), wakati alipotembelea daraja hilo leo jijini Dar es salaam.
Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano, Prof. Makame Mbarawa (kulia), akitoka kukagua moja ya Ofisi zilizopo katika daraja la Nyerere. Kushoto ni Msimamizi wa daraja hilo kutoka NSSF Gerald Sondo.
Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano, Prof. Makame Mbarawa (kulia), akipata maelezo kutoka kwa Msimamizi wa daraja la Nyerere kutoka NSSF Gerald Sondo (kushoto)kuhusu mfumo wa tozo za magari darajani hapo.
Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano, Prof. Makame Mbarawa (kulia), akipata maelezo ya ujenzi wa bomba la kupima mafuta (flow meter) kutoka kwa Fundi mitambo wa Mamlaka ya Bandari Tanzania (TPA), Simon Dottto (kushoto).
Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano, Prof. Makame Mbarawa akitoa maelekezo kwa mafundi mitambo wanaojenga bomba la kupima mafuta (flow meter) kutoka Mamlaka ya Bandari Tanzania (TPA).
Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano, Prof. Makame Mbarawa (kushoto), akisikiliza maoni kutoka kwa wakazi wa Kigamboni wakati wakisubiri kivuko cha MV Kigamboni.
Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano, Prof. Makame Mbarawa (mwenye shati jeupe), akiwa pamoja na wasafiri wanaoutumia kivuko cha MV Kigamboni leo jijini Dar es salaam.

Wizara ya Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano imeanza mazungumzo na Kampuni ya MABE BRIDGE ya Uingereza kwa ajili ya kujenga barabara za juu (fly over) saba katikati ya jiji la Dar es Salaam ili kupunguza msongamano wa magari.

Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano Profesa Makame Mbarawa, amesema mazungumzo kuhusu ujenzi huo yako katika hatua nzuri na kwa kuanzia zitajengwa fly over nne za watembea kwa miguu na tatu za magari.

Amesema Fly over hizo zitazojengwa zitatumia miezi mitatu hadi sita kukamilika kwakwe na zitagharamiwa na fedha za ndani za Serikali ambapo ujenzi wake unatarajiwa kuanza Desemba mwaka huu.

“Wataalamu wanaendelea kubaini maeneo yatakayojengwa fly over hizo ikiwemo eneo la Mwenge ambalo tayari wataalamu wamekubali kujenga fly over moja ya magari”, amesema Prof. Mbarawa.

Hatua hiyo ni mkakati wa Serikali kupunguza msongamano wa magari jijini Dar es Salaam unaogharimu fedha nyingi kutokana na watu kupoteza muda mwingi barabarani.

Katika hatua nyingine Waziri Prof. Mbarawa amekagua maendeleo ya utoaji huduma katika Daraja la Nyerere na kuagiza vitengenezwe vitambulisho vya msimu vitakavyowawezesha watumiaji wa daraja kulipa tozo kwa miezi sita au mwaka ili kupunguza msongamano wa kulipa kila siku.

“Hakikisheni mnatengeneza na kuuza kadi za kuvukia katika daraja sehemu mbalimbali ili kuwawezesha watumiaji kupata huduma hiyo kabla ya kufika darajani”, amesema Prof. Mbarawa.

Aidha amemtaka Mtendaji Mkuu wa Daraja la Nyerere Bw. Gerald Sondo kuhakikisha tozo zinakusanywa inavyostahili na kupanga njia maalumu za kupita magari makubwa na madogo ili kuwezesha huduma ya kupita darajani iwe ya haraka.

“Magari yote yanayopita katika daraja hili yakiwemo ya Serikali ni lazima yalipe tozo inayostahili isipokuwa yale yenye vibali maalumu yakiwemo ya Jeshi la Wananchi, Zimamoto, Polisi, na yanayobeba wagonjwa (Ambulance)”, amesisitiza Waziri Prof. Mbarawa.

Waziri Mbarawa amesisitiza umuhimu wa wananchi kutunza na kulilinda Daraja hilo ili lidumu kwa muda mrefu na kusisitiza adhabu kali kwa wataohujumu miundombinu yake.

Naye Mtendaji Mkuu wa Daraja la Nyerere Bw. Gerald Sondo amemueleza Waziri Mbarawa kuwa chanagamoto zinazowakabili kwa sasa ni kubaini magari yenye vibali maalumu, malalamiko ya magari ya abiria (daladala), uelewa mdogo wa matumizi ya daraja na mazoea ya kupita bila ya kulipa tozo.

Zaidi ya magari elfu nane hadi elfu kumi na tatu hupita katika daraja hilo kwa siku huku watembea kwa miguu, baiskeli wakipita bila kulipa tozo.

Idadi ya vifo kwa watoto wachanga na wakina mama vyazidi kupungua Nchini

Na Ally Daud.

Idadi ya vifo kwa watoto wachanga na wakina mama vinazidi kupungua kutoka siku hadi siku katika kufikia malengo ya milenia .

Akizungumza hayo katika hafla fupi ya kuzindua maonesho ya picha Mwakilishi wa Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Afya , maendeleo ya Jamii , Jinsia na Watoto , Mkurugenzi wa Tiba Dkt. Margaret Mbando amesema kuwa Tanzania imepiga hatua katika kufikia malengo ya milenia kwa kupunguza Idadi ya vifo kwa watoto wachanga na wakina mama.

“Tumefanikiwa kupunguza Idadi ya vifo kwa watoto wachanga na wakina mama ili kufikia malengo ya milenia kwa upande wa afya kupitia mfumo wa kujiunga na bima ya afya kwa jamii” alisema Dkt. Mbando.

Mbali na hayo Dkt Mbando amesema kuwa amewakaribisha wananchi wote hususani wakazi wa Dar es salaam kuudhuria maonesho hayo yaliyofunguliwa leo yenye kauli mbiu ya “Huduma Bora kwa Afya Bora”yatayofikia kilele mpaka Juni 10 mwaka huu ili kupata ujumbe zaidi kupitia picha yanayofanyika Makumbusho ya Taifa jijini.

Aidha ameipongeza Serikali ya Ujerumani kupitia ubalozi wake kwa kushirikiana vizuri na Serikali ya Tanzania na kukubaliana kupata msaada wa Euro milioni 47 kwa muda wa miaka mitatu ijayo katika kuinua sekta ya Afya.

Kwa upande wa balozi wa Ujerumani Mhe. Egon Kochanke amesema kuwa mchango wa Serikali ya ujerumani kwa sekta ya afya Tanzania utaendelea kuwa sehemu ya mpango wa ushirikiano wa nchi mbili ili kuinua sekta hiyo nchini.
Balozi wa Ujerumani Mhe. Egon Kochanke kulia akikata utepe kuashilia kuanza rasmi kwa maonesho ya picha yanayofanyika Makumbusho ya Taifa mpaka Juni 10 mwaka huu jijini Dar es salaam na wa kwanza kushoto ni Mwakilishi wa Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Afya , maendeleo ya Jamii , Jinsia na Watoto , Mkurugenzi wa Tiba Dkt. Margaret Mbando.
Balozi wa Ujerumani Mhe. Egon Kochanke akiongea na waandishi wa habari na Wadau wa Mpango wa Tanzania na Ujerumani kusaidia Afya (TGPSH) hawapo pichani wakati wa ufunguzi wa maonesho ya picha yanayofanyika Makumbusho ya Taifa mpaka Juni 10 mwaka huu jijini Dar es salaam.
Mwakilishi wa Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Afya , maendeleo ya Jamii , Jinsia na Watoto , Mkurugenzi wa Tiba Dkt. Margaret Mbando akiongea na waandishi wa habari na Wadau wa Mpango wa Tanzania na Ujerumani kusaidia Afya (TGPSH) hawapo pichani wakati wa ufunguzi wa maonesho ya picha yanayofanyika Makumbusho ya Taifa mpaka Juni 10 mwaka huu jijini Dar es salaam.
Mshauri wa ufundi kutoka Mpango wa Tanzania na Ujerumani kusaidia Afya (TGPSH) Dkt. Baltazar Ngoli wa kwanza kulia akitoa maelekezo ya picha kwa Balozi wa Ujerumani Mhe. Egon Kochanke wa pili kulia pamoja na Mwakilishi wa Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Afya , maendeleo ya Jamii , Jinsia na Watoto , Mkurugenzi wa Tiba Dkt. Margaret Mbando wa tatu kulia wakati wa ufunguzi wa maonesho ya picha yanayofanyika Makumbusho ya Taifa jijini Dar es salaam.
Wadau mbalimbali wa Mpango wa Tanzania na Ujerumani kusaidia Afya (TGPSH) wakifuatilia kwa makini maelezo ya Mwakilishi wa Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Afya , maendeleo ya Jamii , Jinsia na Watoto , Mkurugenzi wa Tiba Dkt. Margaret Mbando hayupo pichani wakati wa ufunguzi wa maonesho ya picha yanayofanyika Makumbusho ya Taifa mpaka Juni 10 mwaka huu jijini Dar es salaam.

Sekta ya wanyamapori inufaishe zaidi jamii inayoishi pembezoni mwa hifadhi za wanyama

Manufaa yanayotokana na hifadhi za taifa na vivutio vya utalii hayatoshi tu kutumika kama nyenzo ya kupunguza vitendo vya ujangili na uvamizi katika maeneo yaliyotengwa na serikali ikiwa hakutakuwa na ushirikishwaji wa kutosha na wa moja kwa moja kwa wananchi wanaoishi maeneo yanayozunguka rasilimali hizo.

Pamoja na mchango mkubwa wa utalii katika uchumi taifa na kuwepo kwa manufaa kwa vijiji vinavyozunguka hifadhi za taifa na vitutio vingine vya utalii, jamii bado imeshindwa kuzitambua faida hizo ili kushiriki kikamilifu katika kupambana na ujangili na uvamizi holela wa maeneo hayo.

Je, jitihada zinazofanywa na serikali na wadau kutoa elimu kwa jamii na kuibua fursa muhimu katika sekta hii zinatosha?

Ili kujibu swali hilo Jukwaa linalohusu masuala ya Usimamizi Shirikishi wa jamii wa maliasili mnamo Mei 26, 2016 limewakutanisha wadau wa mazingira, maliasili na utalii kujadili mambo muhimu yanayoweza kuchangia katika kufungua milango ya fursa katika sekta ya wanayamapori.
Mratibu wa Jumuiko la Maliasi Tanzania (TNRM), Faustine Ninga akifafanua jambo wakati wa Jukwaa la Masuala ya Usimamizi Shirikishi wa Jamii wa Maliasili lililofanyika Mei 26, 2016 jijini Dar es Salaam.
Demetrius Kweka kutoka Engility, (wasimamizi na waendeshaji wa mradi wa PROTECT), akizungumzia hatua mbalimbali za utekelezaji wa mradi huo
Wadau wakifuatilia mada mbalimbali wakati wa mkutano huo
Afisa Utalii Mwandamizi kutoka Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii, Wilfred Msemo akiwasilisha mada
Meneja Msaidizi wa Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Selous, akiwasilisha mada wakati wa Jukwaa la Masuala ya Usimamizi Shirikishi wa Jamii wa Maliasili lililofanyika Mei 26, 2016 jijini Dar es Salaam.

TASWIRA MBALIMBALI TOKA BUNGENI MJINI DODOMA LEO

Baadhi ya wabunge wa Bunge la Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania wakitoka nje ya ukumbi wa Bunge mara baada ya kumalizika kwa kipindi cha kwanza cha maswali na majibu na uchangiaji wa Makadirio ya Mapato na Matumizi ya Wizara Elimu, Sayansi na Mafunzo ya Ufundi leo mjini Dodoma.
Naibu Waziri Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu,Kazi, Ajira na Vijana Mhe. Anthony Peter Mavunde ambaye akiwasalimia kwa furaha wanafunzi wa Chuo cha Ufundi Stadi (VETA) Dodoma leo kwenye viwanja vya Bunge.
Naibu Waziri Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu,Kazi, Ajira na Vijana Mhe. Anthony Peter Mavunde akizungumza na wanafunzi wa Chuo cha Ufundi -VETA mkoa wa Dodoma nje ya ukumbi wa Bunge mjini Dodoma.
Mwanasheria Mkuu wa Serikali (AG) George Masaju (katikati) akizungumza na viongozi wa wanafunzi wa Chuo Kikuu cha Ushirika Moshi (MoCU) waliolitembelea Bunge mjini Dodoma.
Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Rais Tawala za Mikoa na Serikali za Mitaa (TAMISEMI), George Simbachawene akiwasisitiza jambo viongozi wa wanafunzi wa Chuo Kikuu cha Ushirika Moshi (MoCU) alipokutana nao nje ya ukumbi wa Bunge mjini Dodoma leo.
Waziri wa Elimu,Sayansi na Mafunzo ya Ufundi Prof. Joyce Ndalichako (kushoto) akimweleza jambo Rais wa Wanafunzi wa Chuo Kikuu cha Ushirika Moshi (MoCU) Bw. Frank Nkya (kulia) nje ya Ukumbi wa Bunge mjini Dodoma.
Waziri wa Elimu,Sayansi na Mafunzo ya Ufundi Prof. Joyce Ndalichako (kulia)akijadiliana jambo na Waziri wa Nchi, Ofisi ya Rais Menejimenti ya Utumishi wa Umma Mhe. Angella Kairuki (kushoto) nje ya ukumbi wa Bunge mjini Dodoma.
Waziri wa Elimu,Sayansi na Mafunzo ya Ufundi Prof. Joyce Ndalichako akiwa katika picha ya pamoja na wanafunzi wa Chuo cha Ufundi -VETA mkoa wa Dodoma nje ya ukumbi wa Bunge mjini Dodoma.PICHA/Aron Msigwa-MAELEZO.


Waziri wa Habari, Utamaduni, Sanaa na Michezo, Mhe. Nape Nnauye ambaye pia ni Mbunge wa CCM Jimbo la Mtama akiwasili katika viwanja vya Bunge mjini Dodoma kuhudhuria vikao vya Bunge hilo leo 27 Mei, 2016.

Waziri wa Fedha na Mipango, Mhe. Dkt. Philip Mpango (kushoto) akiwa ameongozana na Mbunge mwenzie wakiwasili katika viwanja vya Bunge mjini Dodoma kuhudhuria vikao vya Bunge hilo leo 27 Mei, 2016.

Waziri wa Nchi, Ofisi ya Rais, Menejimenti ya Utumishi wa Umma na Utawala Bora, Mhe. Angellah Kairuki (Mb) (kushoto) akiwa ameongozana na Naibu Waziri, Wizara ya Mambo ya Ndani ya Nchi, Mhe. Eng. Hamad Masauni wakiwasili katika viwanja vya Bunge mjini Dodoma kuhudhuria vikao vya Bunge hilo leo 27 Mei, 2016.

Mwenyekiti wa Bunge, Mhe. Andrew Chenge akiwasili katika viwanja vya Bunge mjini Dodoma kuhudhuria vikao ndani ya Bunge hilo leo 27 Mei, 2016.

Mbunge wa CCM Jimbo la Pangani, Mhe. Jumaa Aweso (kulia) akiwa ameongozana na Mbunge mwenzie wakiingia ndani ya Bunge mjini Dodoma kuhudhuria vikao vya Bunge hilo leo 27 Mei, 2016.

WAZIRI PROFESA MAKAME ATEMBELEA DARAJA LA NYERERE NA KITUO CHA KUPIMIA MAFUTA YAINGIAYO NCHINI KUONA MAENDELEO

Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano Profesa Makame Mbarawa akiongea na wawakilishi wa kampuni ya Mabey Bridge kutoka Marekani(hawapo pichani) na wadau wengine wa Ujenzi leo kuhusu mpango wa kujenga fly overs takribani tatu katika jiji la Dar es salaamu kwa lengo la kupunguza msongamano wa magari katika jiji.
Katibu mkuu Wizara ya Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano (Sekta ya Ujenzi) Eng. Joseph Nyamhanga akifafanua jambo kuhusu mpango wa ujenzi wa kujenga fly overs katika jiji la Dar es salaamu kwa lengo la kupunguza msongamano wa magari katika jiji hilo kushoto ni muakilishi kutoka Kampuni ya Kimarekani ya Mabey Bridge Bw. Darren Keep na kulia ni Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na MawasilianoProfesa Makame Mbarawa.
Msimamizi Mkuu wa Daraja la Nyerere Bw. Gerald Sondo akieleza jambo kwa Waziri wa Ujenzi,Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano Profesa Makame Mbarawa kuhusu maendeleo ya Daraja pamoja na changamoto wanazozikabili, katika Ziara ya kushtukiza iliyofanya na Waziri huyo leo jijini Dar es salaamu.
Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano Profesa Makame Mbarawa akipata maelezo kutoka kwa Fundi mitambo Bw. Simon Dotto kuhusu maendeleo ya ukarabati wa mtambo wa kupima mafuta kutoka kwenye meli kabla ya kuingia kwenye matanki ambao uliharibika hivi karibu kutokana na mvua iliyoambatana na upepo mkali.
Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano Profesa Makame Mbarawa akipata maelezo kutoka kwa mmoja wa wahudumu wa kivuko cha Mv Magogoni kuhusu utaratibu wa ukatishaji tiketi katika kivuko hicho leo jijini Dar es Salaam.
Waziri wa Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano Profesa Makame Mbarawa akipata maelezo na changamoto mbalimbali kutoka kwa abiria wanaotumia kivuko cha Mv Magogoni leo jijini Dar es Salaam.(Picha zote na Beatrice Lyimo)

EAC TABLES USD 100 M BUDGET TO EALA

Hon Dr Susan Kolimba, Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs and East African
Co-operation, Dr Susan Kolimba holds the Budget Speech. She is flanked by the EAC Secretary General, Hon Amb Liberat Mfumukeko.
The deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation, Hon
Dr Susan Kolimba presents the Budget Speech to the House. At back is the
EALA Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel Fred Kidega.



The EAC today presented Budget estimates for the Financial Year 2016/2017 totaling
$101,374,589 to the East African Legislative Assembly sitting in Arusha.
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation, Hon
Dr Susan Kolimba presented the Budget speech to an attentive House on
behalf of the substantive Minister and Chair of the EAC Council of
Ministers, Hon Dr. Augustine Mahiga.

The 2016/2017 Budget is a
drop down from $110,660,098 Million presented to the House in the
previous Financial Year. The Budget prioritizes the full implementation
of the EAC Single Customs Territory, enhanced implementation of the EAC
Common Market Protocol especially additional commitments and
interconnectivity of border immigration systems and procedures across
Partner States and enhancement of productivity and value addition in key
productive sectors.




The budget also takes cognisance of development of cross-border infrastructure and harmonisation of laws,
policies and standards in respective sub-sectors, implementation of a
liberalised EAC airspace, enhanced implementation a One Area Network in
telecommunications and the implementation of EAC Peace and Security
initiatives.

According to the Minister, other key specific
priorities are strengthening of the legal and judicial systems,
enhancement of Information, Communication and Education to promote
popular participation of the citizenry in the EAC integration process
and promotion of education, science and technology for creative and
productive human resources.

The Chair of Council termed the
establishment of a policy framework and institutional structures for
establishment of the EAC Political Federation as another key priority
area in the coming financial year.

The Budget is allocated to the
Organs and Institutions of the EAC as follows; East African Community
Secretariat ($57, 872, 785), East African Legislative Assembly
($16,034,324) and the East African Court of Justice ($4,286,477).

The
Inter-University Council for East Africa shall receive ($4,553,890),
Lake Victoria Basin Commission ($11,214,708) while $ 2,131,422 is
earmarked for the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization. On their part,
the East African Science and Technology Commission shall receive ($
1,161,438), East African Kiswahili Commission ($ 1,134,542) and the East
African Health Research Commission ($ 1,397,438). The East African
Competition Authority is to benefit from $587,565 in the Financial Year.

The
2016/2017 Budget is to be financed by Partner State contributions
($47,565,377) compared to USD 47 566,973 in the current Financial Year;
Development Partners support ($46,717,601) which is a significant drop
from USD 58,555,635 of the previous year. The Member Universities will
inject USD 431, 923, General Reserves USD 6, 354, 248 and miscellaneous
revenue USD 305, 440.
The EAC Political Federation is yet a key
priority area on the agenda in the coming Financial Year as the mode of
the regional Constitution making process commences. The same applies to
strengthening of regional and international relations through
mobilisation of Partner States’ diplomatic missions and the East African
diaspora for effective participation in EAC integration processes and
building of multilateral/international networks in pursuit of EAC
objectives.

The Minister highlighted a number of achievements
registered in the Financial Year 2015/2016, notably, the upscaling of
the Single Customs Territory (SCT) through finalisation of operational
instruments of the business manuals, deployment of SCT Monitoring and
Evaluation tools and deployment of staff in some Partner States. The
Minister remarked that 10 out of the 15 One Stop Border Posts were
already operational.

The chair of the Council of Ministers
further stated that the EAC Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers Bill
(NTB), 2015 passed by EALA was undergoing assent and would spur business
and enhance the free movement aspects. The Minister told the House that
National Monitoring Committees on NTBs and the EAC Regional Forum on
NTBs had continued to spearhead the elimination of NTBs affecting
Intra-EAC trade.

According to the Minister, the Council of Ministers further appointed
Commissioners to the EAC Competition Authority. “The Authority is set
to commence operations in the financial year 2016/17 and it will act as a
one stop centre in the enforcement of provisions of the EAC Competition
Act. The Secretariat has finalized preparations for the
operationalization of the East African Competition Authority”, the
Minister said.

In order to strengthen the Monetary Union, the
Minister said draft Bills for the establishment of the East African
Monetary Institute and the East African Statistics Bureau were been
developed and negotiated by the Partner States. The Minister informed
the House that in a bid to harmonise tax regimes, the EAC Secretariat
had continued with efforts for closed co-ordination of fiscal policies
with focus on critical areas for harmonisation.

“So far, domestic Tax Harmonization Policy has been drafted by the Secretariat
and is being peer reviewed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
before submission to the relevant Organs of the Community for
consideration” the Minister said.

Under Infrastructure development, the Minister informed the House of on-going construction
works especially on the Northern Corridor. The Minister said the
Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi road project and the second multinational road
projects in the region had commenced.

“In addition, the Secretariat signed a grant agreement amounting to US$ 2.68 million in
November 2014 with the AfDB through the NEPAD Infrastructure Project
Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) for the feasibility studies and
detailed designs of two key links for the Republics of Rwanda and
Burundi to the Central Corridor. These are the 250km long Nyakanazi –
Kasulu – Manyovu road in Tanzania linking to the 78km long Rumonge
–Bujumbura road in Burundi, and the 92km long Lusahunga – Rusumo road in
Tanzania linking to the 70km long Kayonza – Kigali road in Rwanda”, the
Minister said.

Hon Dr Kolimba further remarked that progress
with regards to the construction of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge
railway stood at approximately 70% as at March 2016.

On Industrialisation and SMEs Development, the Chair of Council said that
the EAC had developed a draft Industrialisation Bill and that it was
awaiting legal scrubbing and input before it is presented to the
Sectoral Council on Legal and Judicial Affairs for consideration.

Within the Energy Sector, the Minister informed an attentive House that
implementation of power projects under the East African Power Master
Plan had resulted in the addition of 425 MW over the last two years
raising the region’s installed capacity from 4,468 MW to 4,893 MW
against a peak demand for 3,326 MW for the inter-connected system last
year.

In the Tourism and wildlife sector, the Minister informed
the House that a regional strategy to combat poaching and illegal trade
in wildlife and wildlife projects was been developed by the Secretariat.

“In the next financial year, 2016/17 the priorities for the Tourism and
Wildlife sector will include, among others, developing guidelines for
smooth cross border tour operations, implementation of the regional
strategy to combat poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife and
wildlife products, finalizing the development of a tourism legal
framework, training of more hotel assessors from Partner States and
transferring training program of hotel assessors to training colleges in
hospitality in Partner States”, the Minister remarked.

On health matters, the Minister informed the House of progress in promotion of
integration of health sector and interventions to address challenges
facing the sector in line with Article 118 of the Treaty.

“Mr. Speaker, in order to strengthen human resource for health and ensure
right skills and knowledge is provided by the various public and private
sector universities and other institutions of higher learning in the
fields of medicine, medical laboratory sciences, nursing, pharmacy,
dentistry and other health professions, regular joint inspections have
been conducted by EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the EAC Partner
States’ National Health Professional Boards and Council using regional
guidelines and checklists developed for the inspection and mutual
reciprocal recognition”, the Minister said.

On the Common Market, the Chair of Council remarked that the region was keen to ensure
implementation of the Protocol. “Mr. Speaker, this August House may be
pleased to note that during the 17th Ordinary Sitting of the Summit of
EAC Heads of State, the new International East African Electronic
Passport was launched. The East African e-Passport represents; the
ordinary; official/service anddiplomatic Passports. The introduction of
the new e-Passport is a milestone that will see our Partner States join
global initiatives where over 100 countries are implementing the
electronic passports”, the Minister said.

“The Partner States are expected to issue the new international EA e- passport in to their
citizens in January 2017 and make necessary arrangements with relevant
authorities to implement the passport”, he added.

The Minister remarked that consultations with stakeholders in the employment
subsector such as the East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC) and
Employers’ Associations have been undertaken on the process of
harmonization of the work/residence permit fees pursuant to Regulation
6(9) of the East African Common Market (Free Movement of Workers)
Regulations Annex II and regulation 6(5) of the East African Community
Common Market (Right of Residence) Regulations.

On matters of political affairs, the Minister informed the House of steps been taken
to lay ground for political integration. The 31st Meeting of the EAC
Council of Ministers in May 2015, the Minister said, established a
Sub-Committee of Ministers Responsible for EAC Affairs to consider the
concept note, Terms of Reference (ToRs); Roadmap for the Constitution
Making Process, and; to determine the Model of the EAC Political
Federation for consideration. The Sub-Committee met in February 2016 and
made a report to the Council on the basis of which the Council reported
to the 17th Ordinary Meeting of the Summit. The report was to the
effect that the Partner States had generated convergence on a
Confederation as the Model of the East African Federation.

The Minister said that the Community was keen to ensure regional peace and
security initiatives are realized. The sector players have a critical
role in ensuring the facilitation of the enjoyment of freedoms and
rights guaranteed by the Treaty. The sub-sector continued regular
consultations towards joint action against Terrorism, Small arms and
Light weapons trafficking, human and narcotics trafficking, theft of
motor vehicles and other cross border crimes. To this extent a training
manual and operating procedures on public order management with a human
rights perspective at the 14th Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation
Organization – Annual General Meeting (EAPPCCO- AGM) was launched, the
Minister informed the House.

“The next financial year will be dedicated to conclusion of another three harmonized Standing Operating
Procedures remains an omnipresent threat to the enjoyment of these
freedoms and rights. Attention will be paid to transnational crimes that
feed terrorism and terror infrastructure”, he said.

In a bid to improve financial management and reporting, the Minister remarked that
the Secretariat has rolled over the Sun systems to all EAC institutions
which were prior to, using different financial management systems. The
Budget Management System (BMS) which was developed and installed was as
well rolled out to all EAC Institutions, making it easy to prepare
Annual Operational Plans, MTEF budget and monitor its execution. As a
result of these improvements, budgets and financial reports are timely,
well prepared and submitted, the Minister said.