From : Public Communications Office
Date : 31.8.2015
The State Department of East African Affairs, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, was one of the five new exhibitors during this year’s Mombasa Regional Trade Fair, and won the hearts of the Show’s branch chairman Mr. Brown Ondego.
President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the show, and it was during the welcome address by the show chairman that he praised the State Department for displaying quality exhibits though it was participating for the first time as a department. Amongst the dignitaries who also visited the stand and were impressed by the services the Department offers the public within the East African Community included the Principal Secretary in the Ministry Mr. John O. Konchellah, Managing Director, Agricultural Finance Corporation Mr. Robert Mesu , Director of Administration in the ministry Ambassador Ngaithe, among others.
From; Public Communications Office
The treaty establishing the current East African Community (EAC) provides for entrenchment of citizens of the Community in the entire process of integration, a Principal Secretary in the State Department of East African Affairs, Mr. John O. Konchellah has said.
He added that lessons learnt during the collapse of the premier EAC (1967-1977) was due to the non-involvement of the key stakeholders and the wider citizenry in the formulation and implementation of the cooperation agenda, forcing the current Partner states to involve all stakeholders in the decision making to make integration process a success.
From : Public Communications Office - Sammy Kwichichi Wekesa
Date : 17.8.2015
The Principal Secretary for State Department of East African Affairs, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Mr. John O. Konchellah will officiate at the above mentioned workshop at the Gilean Hotel, Machakos on Tuesday August 18th, 2015 starting at 10.a.m.
The workshop is as a result of the Treaty of the East African Community (EAC) which puts emphasis on citizen participation in the integration process. The preamble recognizes that lack of participation was a key contributor to the dissolution of the original East African Community (1967-1977). The lack of participation by citizens of East Africa in the integration process made it a purely process driven by leaders. The creation of opportunities for participation is therefore a key feature of the Treaty.
Article 7 under Chapter 2 describes the community as a people-centered and market driven cooperation. It also emphasizes multi-level participation and the involvement of a wide-range of stakeholders in the integration process.
This is therefore, to request you to send your crew to cover the event and participate in the deliberations of the two-day workshop so as to understand the issues that private sector and other interest groups will raise.