Monday, April 10, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Fwd: INVITATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY// 2nd EAC Manufacturing Business Summit with part Kigali, 23-25 May 2017

Greetings Diaspora Members:

Re: Invitation by the Governments of EAC

Our professional, research-oriented, evidence-based reports are relied on by AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities to get a better, credible  and more informed understanding of the Diaspora. 

While a network of Diaspora groups anticipated  leadership change in ECOSOCC,   which we were 100% certain will happen, much progress was made in Diaspora relations with AU Members States and Regional Economic Communities. We began by establishing relationships within the AU to advance the goals of Agenda 2063 in order to  improve the quality of life of African citizens.

Please find the Concept Note with Special Emphasis on the East Africa Diaspora. However, there is request for representative participation from other RECs' Diasporas. Contributions from the Diaspora improves policy space that enables Member States and RECs to undertake developments  based on domestic priorities and not donors' objectives. This is important for us, Africans, to evolve to self-reliant and sustainable developments.

Diaspora structures/networks are already established and acknowledged by governments within the political and legal context  of Member States' Constitution and Diaspora policies, which automatically align with the five regions in Africa and RECs. Embassies throughout the regions have Diaspora Desks or Units.

Dr. Shem Ochuodho from Kenya and others from EAC have been working hard to develop regular interactions and consultations. My assistance is to coordinate all the regions. Secondly, the strategic approach is to link the Diaspora to national and regional counterparts. 

Again, even though this is EAC, it is requested of me to ensure the ECOWAS, ECCAS, SADC, Maghreb Diasporas participate, which promotes inter-regional trade. I will provide the information on business representatives from Europe, South America, Australia/Asia, Middle East, Europe, North America, which  will be sent to the EAC Secretariat. 

If  members of  Historical Diaspora are interested in participating, let me know.  The invitation from EAC  will be sent directly to participants. President Kagame will welcome you all in the Land of a Thousand Hills.

Please watch out for the next e-Newsletter with very valuable information, including the program, African Economic Platform (see a brief write up) at the end of the mail, and more.


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The 2nd high-level Manufacturing Business Summit and Exhibition in the East African Community (EAC) is scheduled as a three day event to take place on 23rd to 25th May 2017 at Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. In the 2nd edition of the event, the 1st East Africa Manufacturing Excellence Award will be unveiled. It is expected that top executives in the manufacturing and agri- business sectors, high-ranking policy and decision makers, and top-notch financial institutions from Africa and beyond, will attend the event to dialogue and explore opportunities for investment in manufacturing and agri-business in the EAC region.

A particular emphasis will be placed on exclusive opportunities available for the East African Diaspora and this will enable this special stakeholder group to interact with EAC investors and policy makers.

The East African Manufacturing Business Summit will include an exhibition where investors, enterprises, researchers and academia will collectively showcase new products and services as well as latest advances in manufacturing technology and innovation, particularly those with relevance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The official opening of the 2nd East African Manufacturing Business Summit will be presided by the President of the Rwanda. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Shem Ochuodho <>
To: Evelyn MsJoe <>
Sent: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 12:43 pm
Subject: Fw: Invitation to the 2nd EA Manufacturing Busienss Summit, Kigali, 23-25 May 2017

Hello Dada,

It's now official ... Attached is the invitation.

Am waiting from your end, rather urgently, contacts/intros to:-

i) Leaderships of 'umbrella' Diaspora bodies from Tz, Ug and Burundi (if you know/they have)
ii) Contacts for Cameroonian/Nigerian/Ghanaian or ECOWAS Diaspora leadership to invite for the Summit

Kind regards,
Shem J. Ochuodho, MSc (Eng), PhD, LLD (Hon)
Senior Advisor
Ministry of Telecom & Postal Services
Republic of South Sudan (RSS), Juba
Author: Dawn of a Rainbow (2012)
Skype: shem.ochuodho

On Monday, 3 April 2017, 15:49, Caroline Derek  wrote:

Dear  Dr. Ochuodho,
Please find attached  letter  inviting you for the 2nd EA Manufacturing Business Summit to be held from 23rd to 25th May, 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Kindly acknowledge receipt of this email.
With regards,
Caroline Mariki Derek
Office of the Deputy Secretary General
(Productive and Social Sectors)
EAC HQs, Secretariat Wing, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 1096


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BY Evelyn Joe, part of a longer write-up

Article 4 Overview
AU Agenda 2063: Goal

African Economic Platform Launched

Left: Mauritius's Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth
African Economic Platform
Resounding  Call Africa's Unity and Integration

March 20-22. At the Westin Turtle Bay Resort and Spa in the capital city of Port Louis, Mauritius, several heads of state and government from the continent, vice presidents, prime ministers, captains of industry and intellectuals assembled  to address  the future of the continent in the first of its kind event.

Prime Minister Jugnauth delivered the welcoming remarks, indicating the  meeting is a demonstration that Africa is now taking concrete steps towards economic transformation and integration, making it imperative for every country on the continent to be part of the process as it takes off.

Left: H.E. Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Right: H.E. Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe creatively called for a No Jacket,"  event, creating an atmosphere of  collegiality with substantive discussions on Africa taking charge of her economic transformation. The platform was concretized during President Mugabe's tenure as AU chairman in June 2015 when he donated 300 herd of cattle to the African Union Foundation at the 25th AU   Summit held in South Africa. 

African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat  urged Africa to invest more in the youth to enable them innovate and drive the continent's transformation. "It is therefore very important that we invest in this young resource - our people, especially in health and education. We need to skill them especially in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics areas so that they can innovate and drive our transformation," he said.

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