A month after having met in Nairobi on June 20, 2022, the Heads of State of the East African Community are expected to convene at the regional headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, on Thursday. 

According to statement from the East African Community Headquarters, preparations are in high gear for the EAC Heads of State Retreat on the EAC Common Market and the 22nd Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State scheduled for 21st and 22nd July, 2022 respectively at the Arusha International Conference Centre, in Arusha, Tanzania. 

With about 300 participants from Partner States, private sector, civil society and development partners are expected to attend both the High-Level Retreat and the 22nd Summit, the Heads of State are expected to among other things: take stock of the progress of implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol; adopt strategic measures to unlock the lags and bottlenecks in establishment of the Common Market; agree on a roadmap for the full realization of the Common Market, and; identify key areas where Development Partners can contribute to the attainment of the Common Market. 

At their 22nd Ordinary Meeting, the EAC Heads of State will, among other things: consider the Report of the Council to the Summit; assent to Bills passed by the East African Legislative Assembly; consider the report of the High-level Summit Retreat on the EAC Common Market, and; appoint Judges to the East African Court of Justice.  

On Friday, 22nd July, 2022, the Heads of State are scheduled to launch the 42.4 km Arusha Bypass Road which is part of the multinational Arusha – Holili /Taveta – Voi Road Project co-funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Africa Trade Fund and the Governments the United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Kenya to the tune of US$173.86 million. 


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