Biruta chairs Ordinary Meeting of Council of Ministers ahead of EAC Heads of State Summit

On 26 February 2021 at 09:48

On 25 February 2021, Minister Vincent Biruta chaired the 40th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the East African Community, ahead of the 21st Summit.

He was accompanied by Prof. Nshuti Manasseh, Minister of State in charge of EAC.

The Council of Ministers as the Community policy-making organ, is charged with the responsibility of keeping under constant review, the progress of implementation of the programs and activities of the Community, among other things.

Discussions mainly focused on the report of the activities of the EAC Secretariat and its organs as well as the report of the Council to the upcoming Summit.

The appointment of the next secretary general of the EAC is top on the agenda for the Summit.

Other issues are the appointment of judges to the East African Court of Justice and infrastructure plans for the period 2021-24.

The regional bloc has also prioritised recovery plans for the region’s economy that has been battered by Covid-19 measures and regulations.

Speaking to the East African recently, Rwanda’s Minister of State in charge of the EAC and the chairperson of the Council of Ministers, Nshuti Manasseh said that ‘EAC partner states are looking into ways on how to deal with the effects of the virus on the region’s economy’.

“There are things we need to work on together, especially the free movement of goods and people. We are going to look at the entire economy. We need to see that the movement of goods is going on uninterrupted and that the Customs Union is operating,” he noted.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir attended the Consultative Meeting of the EAC Heads of State on Regional Response to Covid-19 and the Free Movement of Goods last May.

It was convened following the recommendations of a joint consultative meeting of partner states’ ministers. Tanzania and Burundi did not attend the meeting.