The EAC 10th Anniversary Observance is being held to showcase the EAC achievement and rededicate to the efforts in the period ahead. Activities for the 10th EAC Anniversary commenced during the first quarter of 2009 and culminate in the weeklong Activities/Festivities starting on 13 November and closing on 20 November 2009.
The Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium, Arusha will be the Venue of the Main Event of the EAC 10th Anniversary Observance on 20 November 2009. Representatives of the African regional economic communities and international organizations are expected to attend the 10th Anniversary celebrations.
Joint activities of the Observance will be held at the diplomatic missions of the EAC Partner States. The Partner States will constitute National Committees to organize celebrations at national levels.
EAC Media Summit
The 3rd EAC Media Summit was held in Kampala on 21-22 August 2009 with focus on promotion of publicity of the EAC 10th Anniversary. The Media Summit was organized by EAC with EABC collaboration.
EAC Peace and Security Conference
A High-level EAC Peace and Security Conference will be held in Kampala on 5-7 October and billed as an EAC 10th Anniversary event.
The EAC Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA), held a symposium on the theme, Aviation – Linking EAC and the World Safely and Efficiently in Arusha on 22 October 2009 under the EAC 10th Anniversary Observance programme. See details: http://www.cassoa.org
This is a competititon organized for the youth of the EAC region ( within 16-20 years age bracket) on the topic, “Relevance of EAC to the aspirations of the people of East Africa- Discuss”.
East African Universities Seminars
East African universities (both private and public) , members of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) , will set aside occasions, within their regular academic and outreach programmes, during October-November 2009 for Seminars on EAC regional integration. The University of Dar-es-Salaam Faculty of Law held in September its seminar on EA regional integration.
These will be staged in the Partner States and Diplomatic Missions to reach the East African people at the grassroots with the message of the EAC 10th Anniversary Observance. The Ministries of EAC Affairs of the Partner States will take the lead in staging the EAC Weeks, promoting public rallies, road shows, sports events; and intensive media publicity, including Radio/TV Talk Shows; and newspaper supplements and organizing EAC Open Days during October–November 2009. The Partner States will also organize East African Music Co-operation Festivals at national levels and choose the best song about EAC from each Partner State to perform at the Main Event and the East African Cultural Festival in Arusha.
Activities in the EAC Partner States’ Diplomatic Missions
The EAC Partner States’ Diplomatic Missions will hold EAC 10th Anniversary observance/activities. The activities will be held jointly by the EAC diplomatic missions at the various diplomatic stations around the world; and involve East Africans living abroad.
East African Cultural Festival
Cultural groups and entertainment bands will be invited/encouraged to perform (on corporate sponsorship basis) at a three-day East African Cultural Festival in Arusha in November 2009. Ministries of EAC Affairs of the Partner States will mobilize the cultural groups and other participants and promote corporate sponsorship in the East African Cultural Festival which, as in the first one held in 1999, is expected to be elaborate and vibrant , including poetry, music, dance, drama, art, traditional East African dishes, fashion shows, handicrafts, artifacts and photographic exhibitions.
EAC Sports Tournament
EAC Football Tournament will be staged in Arusha between the National Assemblies Football Teams of the EAC Partner States and the EALA/EAC Football Team.
EAC Jua Kali Exhibition
The EAC Jua Kali Exhibition will be held in Arusha at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium on 18-21 November on the theme of the EAC 10th Anniversary. EAC Organs and Institutions as well as Ministries of EAC Affairs will establish information/exhibition stands within the Jua Kali Exhibition area.
Special Session of East African Legislative Assembly
The EALA will hold a special on the EAC 10th Anniversary on 19 November 2009 in Arusha which will feature a debate on the achievements, challenges and prospects of the East African Community. For more information, go to http://www.eala.org
The EAC 10th Anniversary Symposium will be held in Arusha on 13-14 November 2009. The Symposium will involve the participation of estimated 100 participants drawn from Government, Civil Society, Academia, Business Community and Media of the East African region. High level presenters and discussants will lead discussions on the topics: Pan Africanism and the Challenges of EAC Integration; Science and Technology as Strategic Driver of EAC Development ; Climate Change and Its Implications to Development in the EAC Region; and Role of Non-State Actors in Deepening EAC Integration, under the broad EAC 10th Anniversary theme, EAC Ten Years of Integration: One People. One Destiny.
Signing of the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Common Market
The climax of the Anniversary Observance will be the EAC Summit on 20th November 2009 when the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Common Market will be signed by the EAC Heads of State. The Signing of the EAC Common Market Protocol is significant at a time also that the process towards the attainment of Monetary Union has gathered momentum.