Presentation on theme: "APRESENTATION ON COOPERATION IN POLITCAL AFFAIRS GOVERNANCE, PEACE AND SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY COORDINATION 1."— Presentation transcript:
1APRESENTATION ONCOOPERATION IN POLITCAL AFFAIRS GOVERNANCE, PEACE AND SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY COORDINATION1
2SCOPE OF THE PRESENTATION Introduction and history of EAC integrationOverview of the EAC Treaty, Objectives and fundamental principles of the CommunityOverview of the stages of integrationOrgans and institutions of the EACCooperation in Political AffairsCooperation in Peace and SecurityCooperation in DefenceForeign Policy CoordinationConclusion
3IntroductionThe Vision of the EAC is to have a prosperous competitive, secure and politically united East Africa through 4 stages of integration, namely:- Customs Union, Common Market, Monetary Union; and ultimately a Political Federation.The objectives of the EAC are guided by its Mission, which is:to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration;improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investment for mutual benefit.
4OBJECTIVES OF EAC Article 5 of the Treaty Main Objective is to develop policies and programmes aimed at widening and deepening integration in political, economic, social and cultural fields, science and technology, defence, security, legal and judicial Affairs.Further elaboration of the objectives are set out on Art 5(2) and (3) and areas of cooperation in the sectors outlined from Chapter 11 to 27 of the Treaty.The initiatives, policies and milestones so far achieved and the progress made will be outlined in the presentations on EAC projects and programmes in subsequent sessions of this Training
5Facts and Figures about the EAC Comprises the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the United Republic of TanzaniaCombined population of approximately 122 millionTotal combined area of 2.01 million sq kmTotal GDP of 40 billion
6Fundamental principles of the Community The fundamental principles that guide achievement of the objectives of the Community: -Mutual trust, political will and sovereign equality;Peaceful co-existence and good neighbourliness;Peaceful settlement of disputes;Adherence to the principles of good governance, democracy and rule of law;Transparency and accountability;Promotion of human rights and social justice;These principles form the benchmarks for integration and for admission of new members to the EAC.6
7HISTORY OF EAST AFRICA’S REGIONAL INTEGRATION 1900 Mombasa established as a Customs Collection centre for Uganda1905 Currency Board set up to issue currency for Kenya and UgandaCustoms Union established between Kenya and Uganda – Tanganyika joined in 1922High Commission established1961 Common Services Organisation established (East African Posts and Telecommunications, East African Railways & Harbours, East African Airways, East African Air Aviation Services, East African Development BankThe Treaty establishing the community SignedThe then Community collapsedMediation agreement signed for division of assets and liabilities
8WHY THE COMMUNITY COLLAPSED Different political ideologies pursued by individual partner states as follows: Kenya was capitalist, Tanzania socialist while Uganda was non-committal although professed the Common Man’s Charter.Disagreements on the sharing of benefits from jointly owned common services organizations and lack of policy to redress the situationInfluence of the American-Russian Cold War periodLow private sector and civil society involvement in the running of the then CommunityGreed and short-sightedness on the part of some influential political leaders in EACForeign influence for Economic reasons
9IMPACT OF THE COLLAPSE Loss of jobs Loss of Common Services Loss of Free Movement of persons, goods and servicesNegative Nationalism createdUnhealthy and wasteful competition flourishedPolitical destabilization by one another created more tensionSuspicion and Mistrust among member states
10Revival of the Community Mediation Agreement for the division of assets and liabilities of the 1st EAC signed in 1984 had a provision to explore ways to resume regional cooperationAt a side meeting during by the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting held in Harare in 1991, the Heads of State of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania agreed to revive cooperation in the regionThis led to the signing of the 1993 Agreement for the Establishment of the Permanent Tripartite Commission for East African Co-operation
11Revival of the Community Cont.. 4. 14 March, 1996 – the Secretariat of the East African Co-operation was launched in Arusha30 November, 1999 – the Treaty establishing the East African Community signed.7 July, 2000 – entry into force of the Treaty.January, 2001 – formal launching of East African Community by the three Heads of State
12SAFEGUARDS IN THE EAC TREATY : Drawing lessons from the experience of the erstwhile EAC, the Treaty Provides for: 1. A gradual approach to the Regional Integration Process 1st Phase - Customs Union (Entry Point) 2nd Phase - Common Market 3rd Phase - Monetary Union 4th Phase - Political Federation
13Further safeguards2. De-concentration of Power from the Summit through a bottom-up decision making process3. People Centered and Private Sector Driven integration.4. Involvement Of Civil Society as key stake holdersWithdrawal Procedures Made more StringentConsensus as a confidence building tool
14THE ORGANS OF THE COMMUNITY Summit of Heads of StateThe Council of Ministers/Sectoral CouncilsCoordination CommitteeSectoral CommitteesThe SecretariatThe East African Court of JusticeThe East African Legislative Assembly
15EXISTING INSTITUTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY The Inter-University Council of East AfricaThe East African Development BankThe Lake Victoria Fisheries organizationThe Lake Victoria Basin CommissionEast Africa Kiswahili CommissionEast Africa Science and Technology CommissionEast Africa Health Research CommissionEast Africa Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA)
16Existing organizations with observer status East African Business Council (EABC)East African Trade Union Council (EATUC)East African Centre for Constitutional Development (Kituo Cha Katiba)East Africa Law SocietyEast African Book Development AssociationEast African Magistrates’ And Judges’ Association
17The stages of EAC Integration Article 5 (2) of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community states: The Partner States undertake to establish among themselves and in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty, a Customs Union, a Common Market, subsequently a Monetary Union and ultimately a Political Federation.Customs Union: When two or more countries remove tariffs and other barriers on the movement of goods originated from among member statesCommon Market: When two or more states come together to trade as a block thereby creating a bigger consumer base for their products and servicesMonetary Union: When two or more states agree on a single currency for their daily transactions within the Common Market.
18Stages of integration cont… Political Federation: When two or more states come together to form a super-state under a single political authority.In such an arrangement, federating states cede their sovereignty and some of their powers to the super-state.
19Cooperation in Political Matters Chapter 23 of the Treaty provides for Cooperation in Political Matters. It covers:Article Political Affairs (consolidation of good governance, democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights and Political Federation)Foreign Policy Coordination / International Relations.Art. 124 Regional Peace and Security.Art 125 Cooperation Defence Matters.All mutually reinforcing and complementary.
20POLITICAL AFFAIRSRegional integration by its nature is a political process by virtue of the need for ceding political sovereignty and the high level of political will, political responsibility and political courage.Interventions under this sector include institutional and capacity development towards the EAC Political Federation.Consolidation of good governance, democracy, rule of law and protection of human rights, including cooperation among national institutions of governance and/or statutory bodies both at national and regional levels.The institutions include, National Anti-corruption agencies / Ombudsman; National Electoral Commissions; National Human Rights Commission; Judiciary, Sectors responsible for upholding rule of law, access to justice and law reformTo facilitate harmonization/approximation of laws, policies, strategies, practices and programmes on democracy and good governance.
21Towards the Political Federation At a Special Summit in August 2004, the Heads of State expressed concern at the slow pace of integration and resolved to examine ways of expediting the process so that the ultimate goal of a Political Federation is achieved through a Fast Track MechanismA Committee to examine fast tracking the EAC Political Federation carried out consultations and presented its Report (dubbed Wako Report) to the Summit.The Council formed national consultative mechanism to collect the views of East Africans on the Political Federation and made report to Summit in August 2007.expressed uncertainty and concerns about Fast Tracking PF pointing out the need for a model constitution, devolution of powers at different levels, role of political parties and lack of in-depth consultations and participation.Consultations were also undertaken in Rwanda and Burundi as directed by the Summit in 2007.The Reports were considered by the Summit on 29th April and directed the Council, on the basis of the recommendations in the reports, submits to the next meeting a way forward on the EAC Political Federation.
22ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EAST AFRICAN POLITICAL FEDERATION The Treaty is not explicit on the time frame for the establishment of the various stages of integration with the exception of the Customs union which was set at 4 years after the signing of the Treaty.However, in Article 123 (6) it is provided that “the Summit shall initiate the process towards the establishment of the Political Federation of the Partner States by directing the Council of Ministers to undertake the process”
23HOW FAST-TRACKING THE EA POLITICAL FEDERATION WAS CONCEIVED At a Special Summit held in Nairobi on August 2004, the Heads of State expressed concern at the slow pace of integration and resolved examine ways of expediting the process so that the ultimate goal of a Political Federation is achieved through a Fast Track MechanismThe Summit set up a Committee to examine ways and means of fast tracking the EAC Political Federation which carried out wide consultations and presented its Report at the 6th Summit Meeting on 29th November 2004
24FAST-TRACKING CONCEIVED (cont) The Committee proposed, among others, a Road Map towards East African Federation By 2013Subsequently the Extra-ordinary Summit of Heads of State held in Dar Es Salaam in May, 2005 directed the Council of Ministers to form national consultative mechanism to collect the views of East Africans on the Political Federation.The National Consultations for the Political Federation were subsequently simultaneously launched by the three Heads of State on 13th October 2006.
25JUSTIFICATIONS FOR FAST-TRACKING THE POLITICAL FEDERATION The need for a central authority to coordinate the implementing decisions made by various organs of the East African Community and to ensure that they are implemented efficiently and effectively.The Political Federation will enhance the consolidation of what has so far been achieved through the integration processThe Political federation will be used as a mechanism for channeling the benefits of economic integration more equitably among the Partner States.
26JUSTIFICATIONS FOR FAST-TRACKING THE POLITICAL FEDERATION (cont) Political Integration quickens economic integration because it is easier to coordinate one planning unit that several sovereign ones.A central political authority will generate savings through consolidating rather than duplication of efforts.There will be higher revenues from the bigger unit. The higher revenues will be more equitably accessible to all citizens under a Political Federation
27JUSTIFICATIONS FOR FAST-TRACKING THE POLITICAL FEDERATION (cont) A Political federation will enable the people of East Africa to harness diversity for a common goal and re-unite erstwhile cross border communitiesThe Political Federation will minimize the occurrence of conflicts in the region as well as enhance and legitimize the participation of Partner States in conflict management in the region whenever they occur.
28JUSTIFICATIONS FOR FAST-TRACKING THE POLITICAL FEDERATION (cont) The Political Federation will promote better management and utilization of shared natural resources, better environmental management and the promotion of tourism and investment.The Political federation will represent EAC as a bigger unit in the global economic arena with a united and stronger voice.
29Outcome of National consultations on Political Federation Reports of the 3 National Consultative Committees(NCCs) were considered by Summit on 20th August,2007. The Reports brought out the following keyIssues:There was lack of information among East Africans on the EAC integrationThe people who knew about the EAC appreciated the concept and benefits.The people who did not know needed more information and had some concerns.There is general support for integration and finally federation.There was expressed uncertainty about the idea to Fast Track the Political Federation especially in view of the concerns pointed out
30FAST-TRACKING CONCEIVED (cont.) Subsequently the Summit:“Further noted the need to mobilize and deepen sensitization on political integration, stimulate greater political will to promote deeper economic integration and to lock-in gains achieved from economic cooperation;Noted that the Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Burundi shall commence, at the earliest, a consultation process on the establishment of a Political Federation.”Meanwhile:“Decided that there is need to move expeditiously towards establishing a Common Market and a Monetary Union by 2012 as the EAC moves on to a Political Federation”
31CONCERNS RAISED DURING CONSULTATIONS: Economic disparity of the Partner States and possibility of some countries being more dominantDisparity in education and skills/enterprise development especially in light of the Common Market in particular free movement of labourLand issues given the varying population / land ratios and the right of establishmentLoss of sovereignty and political power at various governance levels under decentralisationIssues related to security and migration given ease of movement of people across boarders
32Current status on EAC Political Federation The 2009 Summit considered the NCC reports from all the five partner States and directed the Council to develop concrete proposals on the way forward to the EAC Political Federation.The recommendations are due for consideration by the Council. They seek to set in motion the processes towards PF.There are other sectors that serve to lay the foundation for the political federation. This include, initiatives towards good governance, democracy, accountability and transparency, human rights and observance of the rule of law
33Anti-Corruption, Ethics and Integrity The need to combat and prevent corruption, promote ethics and Integrity in the management of public affairs, market the Community as a single tourist destination, investment, and trade zone calls for regional initiatives to combat corruption.The sector is very proactive – initiated the EAC draft protocol on preventing and combating corruption which is in its final stages of negotiation.Scope of the Protocol, includes preventative Measures, Acts of Corruption, Asset Recovery and Forfeiture, Transfer of Criminal Proceedings, Development and Harmonization of Policies and Domestic Legislation,Establishes Financial intelligence Unit,Provides for extradition, judicial cooperation and legal assistance among the EAC Partner States in cases of corruption
34Protection and Promotion of Human Rights The EAC Treaty provides for protection and promotion of human rights in accordance with the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.Need for regional interventions and Benchmarks on promoting and protecting human rights in the region.EAC Regional Plan of ActionEstablishment of an EAC Bill of Rights;Establishment of an EAC Human Rights Forum;Capacity building for national and regional institutions; andDevelopment of National and Regional Action Plans that are harmonised.Entrench the culture of respect for human rights in the EAC integration.
35Cooperation among National Electoral Commissions EAC Forum of Heads of National Electoral Commissions upon recommendation by the Heads of National Electoral Commissions.The main objective of their collaboration is to share experiences, information, challenges and develop joint regional strategies towards conducting free, fair and credible elections.An appreciation that election is one of the key tools towards upholding democracy and at the same time a source of expensive conflicts within the Eastern African region.
36Rule of Law and Access to Justice The sector comprises of Law Reform Commission, Judiciary, Ministries of Justice and Constitutional Affairs/ AGs Offices and Security agencies.The objective of this sector is to promote enactment of laws based on common benchmarks and facilitate effective administration of Justice systems in a manner that guarantees social justice, prevention of conflicts, peace and political stability.To promote upholding rule of law, justice and constitutionalismTo promote and develop joint strategies and harmonize regional, policies and programs and build the capacity of watchdog institutions on the basis of set regional benchmarks
37Cooperation among the EAC Chiefs Justices Acknowledge the centrality of the judiciary especially on issues of governance, including upholding the rule of law, constitutionalism and, access to justice.EAC Forum of Chiefs justices has been establishedBrings together all EAC Chiefs Justices to share experiences, challenges and best practices for the region.
38EAC Regional Framework on Good Governance The EAC Development Strategy provided for development of an EAC comprehensive regional framework of good governance.There are many challenges of governance: i.e. political instability, mismanagement of public resources, abuse of human rights, public office, political transition, conflicts etc.During the National Consultations on the EAC Political Federations, East Africans questioned the divergent / different systems of governance and democratic cultures of the EAC Partner States.The need to strengthen institutions of governance including Electoral Commissions, Human Rights Commissions, Anti-Corruption authorities, Law Reform Commissions, Judiciary, Law enforcement and security in the region, among others.38
39The need for a policy on Good Governance. Building onto the gains already made by the EAC Partner States and at regional level i.e. African Peer Review mechanisms with possibility of developing an EAC specific governance review mechanism.reinforcing some of the continental commitments towards ratification and implementation of the AfricanCharter on Democracy, Governance and Elections.Facilitate the establishment of regional fora for regular meetings of sectors and stakeholders responsible for promoting good governance, upholding the rule of law including the judiciary, justice and constitutional affairs, law enforcement and security agencies which are all mutually reinforcing.
40Objectives of the framework on good governance At one of its meetings, the Council decided that this instrument should be developed as a protocol as opposed to a mere frameworkThe objectives include promotion of adherence to universal principles of good governance, democracy, rule of law and respect for constitutional order, human rights, transparency and accountability.Promote the holding of regular free and fair elections as well as democratic and peaceful change of governments.Provide for a mechanism for peaceful resolution of conflicts among and between Partner States.Promote and protect the independence of the judiciary.Promote citizen’s participation in governance processes in the EAC Integration
41PEACE AND SECURITYThe Treaty and the EAC Development Strategy identifies peace and security as a prerequisite for economic development and successful regional integration.The EAC Strategy for Regional peace and security operationalises Art. 124 by detailing the objectives and strategies in all identified areas of cooperation under the sector.Development of a holistic protocol on peace and security – to bring under one legally binding instrument all interventions to promote peace and security in the region.Establishment of the Directorate of Peace and Security headed by a Director General.
42Policy organ arrangement The Summit and Council of MinistersThe Sectoral Council on Interstate Security and Joint Sectoral Councils (Defence, Interstate Security and Foreign Policy Coordination) on crosscutting security issues.EAC Chiefs of Police, Chiefs of Defence and Chiefs of intelligence.Meeting of Directors of CID and Registrars of Motor vehicles.The EAC/AU Liaison Office on Peace and Security – to implement the AU protocol on Continental Architecture on Peace and Security -African Union.
43Interventions under peace and security Promotion of cross sectoral dialogue among the Defence, Foreign Policy Coordination and Inter State Security Sectors through regular Joint Sectoral meetings.Implementation of SALW Control Project with support from GTZ and CPMR Project supported by the EU.Implementation of the EAC Protocol on Anti-Narcotics.Development of a conflict early warning mechanism.Development of a Conflict Prevention Management and Resolution framework supported by the AU/EU.Implementation of a joint Action Plan to address cross border motor vehicle thefts and human trafficking.Cattle rustling control initiatives.
44Cooperation in Defence Article 125 of the Treaty and EAC Development Strategy.Operationalised by the MoU in cooperation in Defence signed by the Heads of State in November 2001.MoU also establishes the Defence Liaison Unit at the EAC HQs, EAC Desks at the Defence Ministries and the Sectoral Council on coop in defence matters.Areas of cooperation include, Joint Military Training – in the national institutions / staff colleges and seminars; Joint Operations in handling disasters, search and rescue; Technical Assistance – sharing of training and research facilities; visits and exchange programs to engender the spirit of comradeship among the armed forces.These areas have been substantively implemented; the MoU is due to be upgraded into a protocol – after demonstrable confidence building. Protocol negotiated, concluded and due to be signed during the Extraordinary Summit on the 28th April 2012
45International Relations / Foreign Policy Coordination Treaty – Art.123 and EAC Development StrategyMOU on Foreign Policy Coordination (January 1999) being upgraded into a Protocol and Decisions and directives by Policy Organs. The Protocol is under ratification. Only Burundi has done it so far.Initiate measures aimed at harmonizing Partner States’ common foreign policies.Coordinate implementation of strategies establishing systematic cooperation between the EAC and the international community - RECs, AU, EU, UN, etc.Identifying opportunities for EAC at international level i.e. Sub-Committee on Candidatures for International Jobs.Marketing EAC abroad in collaboration with other sectors (e.g. other Offices, Organs and institutions, Diplomatic Missions).
46Complimentarity and conclusion The sectors highlighted are mutually reinforcing in support of the political integration process, they serve to lay the foundation for the ultimate goal of integration – Political Federation.The political governance is a cross-cutting issue among all the stages of EAC integration - all require political ownership, political will and political governance which are often prerequisites for successful integration.Consultations with critical stakeholders including political parties, civil society, local government is critical and ongoing.