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The Core Objectives of Riimnet-Africa Are:

  • To provide a platform that facilitates and gives voice to stakeholder participation in the regional integration process
  • To monitor and track the regional integration process and provide feedback that enhances and deepens integration
  • To provide a regional integrations policy monitoring mechanism and support evidence based policy making that enhances integration
  • To enhance policy dialogue and advocacy

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Human Development and Labor Markets.

ENERGY AND MANUFACTURING

Did you know that out of EAC’s GDP currently standing at about $150 billion, that manufacturing contributes a paltry 10%?

However, the reality is that as agriculture’s contribution continues to decrease; the service industry and manufacturing are likely to be the next best thing. The Potential is simply huge. With the region aiming for an annual growth rate of between 8.5-10%, the role of manufacturing as a driver of growth can only take on a more important dimension. And energy to power the new ‘’engines’ will be on even greater demand. The multiplier effect will simply be enormous.

According to UNCTAD, the potential and scope for a manufacturing driven economic development path in the region is enormous, gauging by the gaping manufacturing deficit depicted by the total import demand for manufactured products in 70%.

With the EAC’s strategy encompassing a regional approach to investment, great synergies can be leveraged around Automobile, Pharmaceutical, Machinery – Agriculture and earth moving equipment, Aero Space, Paper, Tyres, Spare parts manufacturing, ICT equipment, Building inputs and raw material not to mention mining & petroleum production.

Clearly the Opportunities as a Result of Regional Integration and partnering are even greater:

    • Are you an existing or potential player in this manufacturing space in EAC or the larger ESA economic blocs?
    • Are you seeking to expand your businesses network?
    • Are you seeking to tap into the regional network and build strategic partnerships?

Join RiimNet-Africa’s Regional Manufacturing Working Group that will:

  • Put you ‘in league’ with regional strategic partners(hips) and help develop a shared monitoring mechanism that impacts your business
  • Keep you posted on all regional happenings in your sector
  • Help you track new policy developments that impact your business
  • Loop you into the regional monitoring network to strengthen evidence based policy advocacy

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POLICY DIALOGUE

Visit Uganda

Uganda is a landlocked country bordered by Kenya in the east, Sudan in the north, Democratic Republic of the Congo in the west, Rwanda in the southwest and Tanzania in the south.

Uganda’s total land area is 241,559 sq km. About 37,000 sq km of this area is occupied by open water while the rest is land. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which it shares with Kenya and Tanzania.

Uganda is located on the East African plateau, averaging about 1,100 meters (3,609 ft) above sea level. The plateau generally slopes downwards towards Sudan explaining the northerly tendency of most river flows in the country. Although generally equatorial, the climate is not uniform since the altitude modifies the climate.

Uganda’s elevation, soil types and predominantly warm and wet climate impart a huge agricultural potential to the country. They also explain the country’s large variety of forests, grasslands and wildlife reserves. Uganda has a total population of about 32 million people.

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Visit Uganda

Uganda is a landlocked country bordered by Kenya in the east, Sudan in the north, Democratic Republic of the Congo in the west, Rwanda in the southwest and Tanzania in the south.

Uganda’s total land area is 241,559 sq km. About 37,000 sq km of this area is occupied by open water while the rest is land. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which it shares with Kenya and Tanzania.

Uganda is located on the East African plateau, averaging about 1,100 meters (3,609 ft) above sea level. The plateau generally slopes downwards towards Sudan explaining the northerly tendency of most river flows in the country. Although generally equatorial, the climate is not uniform since the altitude modifies the climate.

Uganda’s elevation, soil types and predominantly warm and wet climate impart a huge agricultural potential to the country. They also explain the country’s large variety of forests, grasslands and wildlife reserves. Uganda has a total population of about 32 million people.

AfDB launches first Africa Visa Openness Index ahead of Africa CEO Forum

AfDB launches first Africa Visa Openness Index ahead of Africa CEO Forum

he African Development Bank has launched the first Africa Visa Openness Index, which shows how Africa remains largely closed off to African travellers. On average Africans need visas to travel to 55% of other African countries, can get visas on arrival in only 25% of other countries and don’t need a visa to travel to just 20% of other countries on the continent.

The findings of the Visa Openness Index, which has been developed in partnership with McKinsey & Company and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Africa, will be presented and discussed at the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan on 21-22 March 2016.

“Opening up a country’s visa regime is a quick-win on development that remains untapped,” says Moono Mupotola, Director of NEPAD, Regional Integration and Trade at the African Development Bank. “Visa openness promotes talent mobility and business opportunities. Africa’s leaders and policymakers have a key role to play in helping Africans to move freely in support of Agenda 2063’s call to abolish visa requirements for all Africans by 2018.”

The report highlights regional and geographical differences. Currently, 75% of countries in the top 20 most visa-open countries on the continent are in West Africa or East Africa. Only one country in the top 20 is in North Africa and there are none in the top 20 from Central Africa. The report also shows that Africa’s Middle Income Countries have low visa-openness scores overall, while the continent’s smaller, landlocked and island states are more open.

“When we started this work, only 5 African countries offered liberal access to all Africans; this number has grown to 13 over the past three years. We are making progress, but need to accelerate the pace” says Acha Leke, Director of McKinsey & Company and member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Africa.

African countries stand to gain from promoting more visa-free regional blocs and pushing for greater reciprocity, as well as from introducing more visa on arrival policies for Africans. At country level, Seychelles is ranked number one in Africa for its visa openness policy, offering visa-free access for all Africans. Mauritius and Rwanda, who are in the top 10 most visa-open countries, have adopted open visa policies for visitors from other African countries and have seen a big impact on tourism, investment and economic competitiveness as a result.

Follow up events on promoting greater visa openness in Africa will be held during the WEF Africa Summit in Kigali and the African Development Bank Annual Meetings in Lusaka.

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KENYA

Background Kenya lies across the equator in east-central Africa, on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Kenya borders Somalia to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest. In the north, the land is arid. The southwest corner is in the fertile Lake Victoria Basin, and a length of the eastern depression of the Great Rift Valley separates western highlands from those that rise from the lowland coastal strip. Paleontologists believe people may first have inhabited Kenya about two million years ago. In the 700s, Arab seafarers established settlements along the coast, and the Portuguese took control of the area in the early 1500s. More than 40 ethnic groups reside in Kenya. Its largest group, the Kikuyu, migrated to...

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UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA

The United Republic of Tanzania includes the Indian Ocean islands of Pemba and Zanzibar and the mainland territory, covering a total area of 1,0219,090 km², and is located on the east coast of Africa between the great lakes of the African Rift Valley system in the central part of the continent and the Indian Ocean. Tanzania has a common border with Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country encompasses a variety of physical features; from a narrow coastal belt with tropical beaches it rises to an extensive plateau covered by savannah and bush at an elevation of about 1,000 meters above sea level. The plateau region is fringed by narrow...

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BURUNDI

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RWANDA

RWANDA

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SADC - Southern African Development Community

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COMESA - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

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i. The Summit Membership of the Summit The Summit consists of the Heads of State or Government of the Partner States. If a member of the Summit is unable to attend a meeting of the Summit and it is not convenient to postpone the meeting, that member may, after consultation with other members of the Summit, appoint a Minister/ Cabinet Secretary of Government to attend the meeting. A Minister/Cabinet Secretary so appointed has, for purposes of that meeting, all the powers, duties and responsibilities of the member of the Summit for whom that person is acting. Meetings of the Summit...

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