EALA  to resume its sitting  in Arusha on September 16

13Sep 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
 EALA  to resume its sitting  in Arusha on September 16

THE East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) will resume its sitting in Arusha, Tanzania from September 16th to October 6th 2018.

THE East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

The Assembly convenes for the first meeting of its second session.

During the meeting, the legislators will debate on the East African Community Statistics Bill, 2017 and the East African Community Customs Management (Amendment Bill) (No 2), 2017.

The EAC Statistics Bureau Bill, 2017, seeks to establish the Statistics Bureau as an institution of the community under Article 9 of the Treaty and Article 21 of the Protocol on Establishment of the EAC Monetary Union.

The Bill provides for the functions, powers, governance and its funding with a view to establishing the institution responsible for statistics in a bid to support the East African Monetary Union.

The Bill is in line with Article 21 (c ) of the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Monetary Union which provides for the summit, on the recommendation of the EAC Council of Ministers to establish an institution responsible for statistics as one of the institutions to back the EAC Monetary Union.

The EAC Customs Management (Amendment) (No 2) Bill, 2018, is intended to provide for customs administration to receive advance information regarding the goods being moved across national border(s) ahead of the arrival of the vessels carrying the goods. 

The Assembly is anticipated to amend section 24 of the previous EAC Customs Management Act to require a master or agent of a vessel to provide advance information relating to consignment in the vessel.  

The Bill was introduced to the House by the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers, Dr Ali-Haji Kirunda Kivejinja during the plenary in Nairobi in May 2018.

Both Bills sailed through the first reading and were committed to the Committee on Communication, Trade and Investment (CTI), which is carrying out the public hearings this week in Arusha.

Other significant issues at the forthcoming plenary are key meetings of the legislators with the EAC executive.

The sitting is also to be interspersed in the first week by rigorous committee work as well as further induction for members largely on audited accounts and the EAC budget processes and framework. 

The whole House will also meet with the International Committee of the Red Cross at a seminar that shall deliberate on small arms and light weapons.

The Assembly which holds six plenary sessions in every financial year, has a principle of rotation.

The last sitting was in Nairobi in May-June 2018 while the last time it met in Arusha was on March 5-23, 2018, for the Third Meeting of the first session of the 4th Assembly.

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