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East African leaders to meet in Kenya Friday

Leaders of the five-nation East African Community (EAC) are due to meet in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, the EAC Secretariat said in a statement.

The 14th Ordinary Summit will bring together the leaders of the five EAC member states – Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda – to discuss a number of issues, top of which is the way forward on the Political Federation among the states.

They will also deliberate on extending the jurisdiction of the East African Court of Justice, a progress report of the Council of Ministers on the operationalisation of the Single Customs Territory, as well as a Council report on South Sudan’s application to join the East African Community.

The EAC’s Council of Ministers had met also in the Kenyan capital to prepare the meeting’s agenda.

Ahead of Friday’s Summit, the leaders will be engaged in several important assignments.

On Wednesday, the five Heads of State will officially open the newly-constructed EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, before launching the rehabilitated Arusha-Namanga-Athi River Road in Athi River Town in Kenya.

On Thursday, the Presidents will attend the 2nd Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure, which follows the 1st Retreat of Heads of States of EAC that was held in Kigali, Rwanda, in June 2008, and identified development of infrastructure as key to the region’s integration and overall
socio-economic development.

The Retreat is expected to discuss priority regional infrastructure projects as well as funding options for the same.

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