Tanzania extends Railways to Burundi and Rwanda

By: James Karuhanga The Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) standard gauge railway (SGR) project is progressing well, an official said. Eng. Jules Ndenga, the acting special project implementation unit coordinator at the Ministry of Infrastructure, said this following a recent joint technical monitoring committee meeting in Arusha, Tanzania. “Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda are continuing the joint development of the DIKKM railway […]

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East African countries fight for Regional secretariat

By Adam Ihucha Kenya and Uganda are scrambling for hosting the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), renewing political supremacy wars in the regional body. Kenya is the latest partner state to apply while Uganda had started its spirited lobbying blitz some years back, seeking to enhance its position in the region. Sources say Kenya demanded the EAC heads of […]

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Africa for Africans through travel, trade

By Christopher Farai Charamba Richard Mullin once said: “The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa . . . for he has so much to look forward to.” Over the past few years the global perception of Africa has been changing. The Africa rising narrative coupled with the positive growth rates in many […]

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EAC launches New Intl. E-passport, Vision 2050

To further integrate the region and foster even development among member states, Heads of States of the East African Community (EAC) have agreed to launch a new internal e-passport for the region. East African will begin using new EAC electronic passports from January next year, after Heads of State from the member countries launched the international travel document at the […]

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What Africans don’t know about Kenya’s Tourism

by Ruth Olurounbi “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine Realising how apt the above quote was, I went on a familiarisation tour of Kenya, Nairobi, toward the end of last year. Although I had travelled extensively prior to this, and had even been to Kenya, albeit in a […]

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South Sudan joins Fast growing East African Community

Grand politics was at play in Arusha, Tanzania, on Wednesday, March 2. The young, troubled country of South Sudan was admitted to the East African Community (EAC) as its sixth member (the others being Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda). Being admitted to the regional body means that South Sudan will enjoy all the economic benefits the club currently has […]

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Kenya, Tanzania Eye More Trade After Launch of First One-Stop Border Post

TradeMark East Africa, a multi-donor agency, executed the project with funding from United Kingdom’s DFID, Canada, United Stated Agency for International Development and the and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Although it has its own seaport at Dar, Tanzania is fast becoming Kenya’s important transhipment destination with latest Kenya Ports Authority’s weekly data showing it overtook South Sudan and the […]

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Trading with Africa is working for South Africa, Kenya and Uganda

LAST year, to much fanfare, 26 African nations signed off on a free-trade ‘super bloc’ that seeks to improve the absurdly low levels of intra-regional trade on the continent, at the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. In the same city at the Africa 2016 Forum last weekend, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina painted a picture of just […]

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Burundi Instability Harms Tourism in East Africa

The instability of Burundi, the East African country fighting poverty and political crisis, has an impact on the business activities of the East Africa Community (EAC), which has tried to promote the whole region as one destination to boost tourism in East Africa. According to the chairman of the Burundi Chamber of Hotels and Tourism, Dennis Nshimiyimana, the situation in […]

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6 African nations are among the top 7 poorest nations on earth

IF a report published yesterday in an Indian daily is anything to go by, Nigeria is not on the list of the seven poorest countries in the world. Of the countries occupying the first seven positions on the extremely poor nations, six are African’s, with Afghanistan as the only country from Asia. The publication came on the heels of a […]

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