Inaugural East African Community (EAC) Steering Committee on the implementation of the AU Declaration on Land develops a roadmap
The East African Community (EAC) Regional Steering Committee (RSC) on the implementation of the AU Declaration on Land has developed a roadmap for the implementation of the land agenda at its first meeting held on August 3. This meeting was a key recommendation of the Regional Technical Committee. Terrestrial Ecosystem Working Group (TWG) meeting July 26-28 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where the RSC was established. The RSC aims to provide guidance to the EAC Secretariat as it coordinates the implementation of the AU agenda by the EAC Partner States, namely the Governments of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo , Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The inaugural meeting, represented by senior officials from the respective EAC Ministries, Land Affiliated Ministries and the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, with technical support from the African Policy Center (ALPC), has developed a roadmap with key actions that will be implemented over the coming year.
In her opening remarks, the Chairperson of the EAC Regional TWG and RSC, Ms. Carine Hakizimana (Burundi) highlighted the essential role of the RSC in strengthening cooperation and coordination of the land agenda of the AU in the region. Hakizimana appreciated ALPC’s long-standing relationship and support to the EAC Secretariat, which resulted in the establishment of the CRP and the roadmap to update the AU Declaration on Issues and Challenges land.
The ALPC Coordinator, Ms. Joan Kagwanja, applauded the EAC Secretariat and Partner States for the inauguration of the RSC and underscored the importance of an empowered RSC as key to strengthening land reforms in order to accelerating regional integration in the EAC Partner States. ALPC has been working closely with the EAC since 2015, developing a joint project to strengthen the capacity of the EAC, with other Regional Economic Communities (RECs) given their critical role in the implementation of the AU Agenda on Land. Since then, key guidelines have been adopted by the EAC Council of Environment Ministers. The establishment of the RSC is a key milestone and Kagwanja expressed ALPC’s commitment to support the RSC in the implementation of its roadmap, starting with the convening of a regional platform for partner states to share their experiences, lessons learned and best practices.
Deliberating on the first action of the roadmap, the CRP materialized the plans for the Regional Forum scheduled for 17 and 18 August, in application of the AU Declaration which calls on the RECs to “convene periodic regional platforms to facilitate the sharing of experiences, lessons learned and dissemination”. best practices in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of land policies based on the experiences of Member States”. The RSC emphasized that the implementation of the AU land agenda is fundamental to the archiving of the EAC Vision 2050. In addition to organizing the Forum, the RSC will provide advice on the establishment of similar forums at the national level by Partner States and the preparation of progress reports. in the formulation and implementation of land policies in line with the AU Declaration on Land. RSC members will serve as national focal points in this regard.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).