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D O C U M E N T S Excerpts from the Joint Communique issued at the end of the official visit to India by the East African Community Delegation, in New Delhi on February 22. 1.0 At the invitation of the Government of India, an EAC Delegation led by Hon. John Arap Koech, Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers and Minister for East African Community of the Republic of Kenya paid a six day official visit to India from 19th to 24th February 2007. Accompanying him were, Hon. Eriya Kategaya First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, Hon. Dr. Ibrahim Msabaha Minister for East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon Rosemary Museminali, Minister of State for Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda, Hon Donatien Nijimbere, Minister for Trade and Industry of the Republic of Burundi, the EAC Secretary General, Amb. Juma V. Mwapachu Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, Deputy Secretary General, the EAC High Commissioners and Ambassador and other senior officials of the EAC Secretariat. The Mission held cordial discussions with the Ministries of External Affairs, Agriculture, Finance, Commerce and Industry, Science and Technology, Home Affairs, Delhi Assembly, Capital Markets Authorities, Agricultural Research Institute (PUSA), RITES, Telecommunications Consultants of India Limited (TCIL), Exim Bank, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and visited the Escort Agricultural Machinery Factory. 2.0 The main purpose of the mission was to discuss ways of deepening collaboration between the Government of India and the East African Community as provided for in the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 20th April 2003 in Dar Es Salaam. The Mission was also to consult on proposed specific projects and programmes for support from the Government of India. 3.0 The EAC Delegation briefed Ministers and senior officials of the Government of India as well as the institutions with whom they engaged on the progress made in the integration process of the Community including the accession of Rwanda and Burundi; capacity building activities at the Community; the EAC Development Strategy 2006-2010; priority sectoral projects and programmes; the restructuring of the East African Development Bank; the challenges faced in the process of integration and other proposed areas of support by the Republic of India. 4.0 Similarly, the Indian Delegation briefed the Mission on the vision and direction of its support to East Africa for priority areas of intervention in regional programmes with emphasis on infrastructure development, agriculture, health, ICT, education, community development, trade, industrialisation, science and technology among others. 5.0 Following the foregoing discussions, the parties agreed as follows:

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5.1 Support for the Railways Sector The Indian Government expressed its strong willingness to support the revamping of the East African Railways network as a vital contribution to the economic development of the East African Region. In line with this gesture, it was agreed that: a) The EAC will share with Government of India the Railways Development Master Plan when completed in August 2007 in order to identify areas that require support; b) That the Government of India will consider technical support for detailed feasibility studies of the following railways projects: i) Tanga - Arusha line; ii) Arusha - Musoma - Port Bell line; iii) Mombasa - Kampala line; iv) Isaka (Tanzania) - Kigali (Rwanda) line; v) Isaka (Tanzania) - Gitega - Bujumbura (Burundi) Line; and vi) Himo - Voi line 5.2 Telecommunications The parties noted the wide scope of possible cooperation in telecommunications. The Indian Government briefed the EAC Delegation on the progress being made on the implementation of the Pan African e-Network Project and the VVIP connectivity projects. The project is aimed at enhancing cooperation between India and Africa in the area of telemedicine and e-learning through connectivity between premier institutions in health and education in both India and Africa. The latter project also aims at connecting the Heads of State in Africa to an alternative reliable and secure communications system including teleconferencing facilities. Both projects will be underwritten by the Government of India for five years after commissioning estimated to cost US$ 117 million. The Delegation was further informed that the Protocol for the implementation of both projects had been developed and that 22 countries in Africa had signed including Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. Both parties noted the urgency for the countries that had not signed the Protocol to do so to facilitate planning for the projects and to avail the required basic infrastructure, exempt the projects from customs and other duties, avail visas for Indian project personnel and nominate counterpart personnel to the project to enable technology transfer within the first five years of the project. The Indian Government will consider further support under the above projects to facilitate the establishment of the necessary architecture for e-networking between the Secretariat and the five co-ordinating Ministries in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. 5.3 Energy sector The Government of India took note of the concerns of the EAC on the energy deficiencies that had cost the countries huge losses in their Gross Domestic Products. The Indian Government will support the EAC in this sector with emphasis on wind, biomass and methane gas exploitation. Technical teams will be exchanged to assess the required support by August, 2007.

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February 2007-April 2007

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