EAC min­ing bill in off­ing

East African Business Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY EABW RE­PORTER

KAMPALA, UGANDAThe East African Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly (EALA) has granted mem­bers leave of ab­sence to in­tro­duce three key Bills.

The EAC Youth Coun­cil Bill, 2017, the EAC Min­ing Bill 2017 and the EAC Cross Bor­der Trade in Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Bill 2016 are set to be in­tro­duced to the House. The EAC Youth Coun­cil Bill, 2017 is to be moved by Su­san Nakawuki EALA MP from Uganda. The Ob­jec­tive of the Bill is to pro­vide for the es­tab­lish­ment of the EAC Youth Coun­cil within the EAC and to pro­vide for its com­po­si­tion, ob­jects and func­tions, ad­min­is­tra­tion fi­nances and all mat­ters in­ci­den­tal. Mem­bers who rose in sup­port of the mo­tion termed the Bill timely in its quest to main­stream youth is­sues in all EAC de­vel­op­ment poli­cies and pro­grammes. The As­sem­bly Mem­bers said it was nec­es­sary to have an in­sti­tu­tional frame­work to have Youth ex­press them­selves and also

have them gear up to take re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in de­vel­op­ment in all sec­tors of the Com­mu­nity. The EAC Youth Coun­cil among other things an­tic­i­pates pro­vi­sion of uni­fied and in­te­grated sys­tem through which the youth may com­mu­ni­cate and co-or­di­nate their ideas, and en­cour­age them (youth) to con­sol­i­date their role in de­vel­op­ment in the eco­nomic, so­cial, cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional fields. Mukasa Mbidde also got the green light to in­tro­duce the EAC Cross Bor­der Trade in Pro­fes­sional Ser- vices Bill, 2016. Ac­cord­ing to the mover, pro­fes­sion­als are al­lowed to criss­cross the re­gion as they ren­der their ser­vices in line with the Com­mon Mar­ket Pro­to­col. The Bill also takes into cog­ni­sance the ex­cep­tions with re­spect to move­ments, the thresh­old of the Com­mon Mar­ket Pro­to­col with re­spect to the free­doms and rights, the mu­tual recog­ni­tions in place as well as the Prin­ci­ple of vari­able ge­om­e­try. On his part, Ab­dul­lah Mwinyi said Part­ner States need to har­monise their laws in line with adop­tion of com­mon ap­proaches as en­vis­aged un­der Ar­ti­cle 120. Abubakr Ogle how­ever cited a sim­i­lar Bill brought to the floor of the House by Dora Bya­mukama. The sched­ules of the Com­mon Mar­ket Pro­to­col in their cur­rent for­mat are also not open for all pro­fes­sions but cer­tain as­pects/sec­tors. There is need to at­tach the list/sched­ules of Pro­fes­sional ser­vices, the Bill seeks to cure/ har­monise across the Part­ner States”, he said. At the mo­ment, ar­chi­tec­tures and en­gi­neers are among the pro­fes­sions that have com­pleted their Mu­tual Recog­ni­tion Agree­ments while that of Lawyers is still pend­ing. The House also granted leave to Chris Opoka to move the EAC Min­ing Bill 2016. The Bill is premised on the EAC Vi­sion 2050 and to op­er­a­tional­ize Ar­ti­cle 114(2)(c)(iv) of the Treaty which specif­i­cally calls for the har­mo­niza­tion of min­ing regulations to en­sure en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and sound min­ing prac­tices. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Bill is to give ef­fect to the short term (up to 5 years from the date the vi­sion is adopted). The Bill is also to pro­vide a trans­par­ent and ac­count­able mech­a­nisms for the re­port­ing of min­ing and min­eral re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the Com­mu­nity. Ul­ti­mately, this Bill is to re­duce the dif­fer­ences in the op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the min­ing in­dus­try among the mem­ber coun­tries of the re­gion. Last week, the House also granted leave to Hon Dr Odette Nyi­ramil­imo to in­tro­duce the EAC Sex­ual and Re­pro­duc­tive Health Bill, 2017 which shall pro­vide for mat­ters re­lat­ing to sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health, to pro­tect chil­dren, ado­les­cents and young chil­dren from sex­ual abuse and other forms of ex­ploita­tion and to pro­vide for as­sisted re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy and for re­lated mat­ters. The As­sem­bly pur­suant to the pro­vi­sions of Ar­ti­cle 59 (1) of the Treaty and Rule 64 (1) of the Rules of Pro­ce­dure of the As­sem­bly can grant leave for in­tro­duc­tion of Pri­vate Mem­bers.

The EAC Youth Coun­cil Bill, 2017 is to be moved by Su­san Nakawuki EALA MP from Uganda. The Ob­jec­tive of the Bill is to pro­vide for the es­tab­lish­ment of the EAC Youth Coun­cil within the EAC and to pro­vide for its com­po­si­tion, ob­jects and func­tions, ad­min­is­tra­tion fi­nances and all mat­ters in­ci­den­tal.

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