President Yoweri Museveni has left for Arusha, Tanzania, for the East African Heads of State Retreat on the East African Community (EAC) Common Market and the 22nd Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State
The President was seen off at the Entebbe International airport by the Vice President, H.E Maj. Jessica Alupo.
The EAC Heads of State Retreat on the EAC Common Market and the 22nd Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State is scheduled for July 21 and 22, 2022 respectively at the Arusha International Conference Centre, Tanzania.
About 300 participants from Partner States, private sector, civil society and development partners are expected to attend both the High Level Retreat and the 22nd Summit.
During their High Level Retreat on the Common Market, the Heads of State are expected to, among other things: take stock of the progress of implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol; adopt strategic measures to unlock the lags and bottlenecks in establishment of the Common Market; agree on a roadmap for the full realization of the Common Market, and; identify key areas where Development Partners can contribute to the attainment of the Common Market.
At their 22nd Ordinary Meeting, the EAC Heads of State will, among other things: consider the Report of the Council to the Summit; assent to Bills passed by the East African Legislative Assembly; consider the report of the High-level Summit Retreat on the EAC Common Market, and; appoint Judges to the East African Court of Justice.
Meanwhile, on the morning of Friday, 22nd July, 2022, the Heads of State are expected to launch the 42.4 km Arusha Bypass Road.
The bypass is part of the multinational Arusha – Holili /Taveta – Voi Road Project.
The bypass was co-funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Africa Trade Fund and the Governments the United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Kenya to the tune of US$173.86 million.