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6th EAC Communications Experts' Forum Underway in Mwanza: Experts develop simplified and harmonized versions of EAC documents and sensitization materials

The EAC Secretariat, in collaboration with GIZ, Kituo Cha Katiba (East African Centre for Constitutional Development) and Partner State Ministries responsible for EAC Affairs, have convened in Mwanza, the United Republic of Tanzania for the 6th EAC Communications Experts’ Forum to develop simplified and harmonized versions of EAC documents and sensitization materials.The six day meeting running from February 23-28, 2015, will result in updated simplified versions of the EAC Treaty, EAC Customs Union, Common Market and Monetary Union Protocols. The panel of experts will also develop harmonized sensitization materials for the political federation, social, productive and infrastructure sectors, as well as a general information guide on the EAC integration process.“This meeting could not have come at a better time because the simplified EAC documents come in to complement our ongoing sensitization and awareness campaigns,” said Mr. Owora Richard Othieno, Head of EAC Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. “Despite our concerted efforts on outreaching and sensitizing stakeholders, we feel that these simplified and abridged versions of the documents and IEC materials will go a long way to provide the people of East Africa with easy-to-read information on what the Community has to offer them and how they can benefit from it,” he said.The preparations of the simplified and harmonized versions of the EAC documents and sensitization materials are in line with the directives of the EAC Council of Ministers. The EAC Secretariat will approve the simplified and harmonized versions of the EAC documents and sensitization materials before mass production and dissemination across all the EAC Partner States. The Community will use the Communications Experts platform to maintain close coordination and linkage among key implementers of the EAC Communication Policy and Strategy in the integration process; enhance understanding of the EAC integration process and benefits among the citizens; increase participation of people in the EAC policy formulation and decision-making processes and increase ownership of EAC integration by the citizenry.Notes to EditorAbout Kituo Cha Katiba (KcK) Kck is regional non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 1997 to promote constitutionalism, good governance, and democratic development in East Africa. Kck does this through research, documentation and dissemination; and networking and advocacy. The EAC integration is at the core of the work of Kck and the organization has observer status with the EAC and has participated in simplifying some of the integration documents like the EAC Treaty.      

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