ARC East Africa Weekly Chronology
11- 17 January 2024

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17 Jan 2024 Djibouti (Djibouti) BNN Breaking. Djibouti dispatches 817 peacekeeping troops to Somalia as part of the ongoing African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM);

17 Jan 2024 Kampala (Uganda) Daily Monitor. President Yoweri Museveni confirms he will meet his Kenyan counterpart, William Ruto, to discuss bilateral trade matters on the side lines of the 42nd Intergovernmental Authority of Development (IGAD) summit;

16 Jan 2024 Kinshasa (DRC) The East African. Rwanda’s military says it has killed a Congolese soldier and arrested two others who crossed their shared border amid tensions between the two countries. DRC’s military has not independently confirmed that the deceased was a soldier;

16 Jan 2024 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) VOA News. United States says it sees national security concerns in the agreement between Ethiopia and Somaliland giving Ethiopia access to the Red Sea via leasing rights;

16 Jan 2024 Khartoum (Sudan) AP. Sudan suspends ties with the Intergovernmental Authority of Development (IGAD), which is hosting its 42nd summit in Uganda from 18 January, over IGAD’s decision to invite Rapid Support Forces (RSF) leader General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo to the summit. IGAD has also been attempting to mediate between Sudan’s army and the RSF paramilitary group;

16 Jan 2024 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. Tanzania says it has reinstated approval for Kenya Airways to operate flights between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam after a brief suspension;

16 Jan 2024 Kampala (Uganda) NBS. The East African Trade, Tourism and Investment Forum takes place in Kampala(Uganda) as an official sidelines event of the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit;

16 Jan 2024 Kampala (Uganda) The East African. Developers of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project (EACOP) that will transport crude from oilfields in western Uganda to Tanzania’s port of Tanga for export, are racing against time to complete a rigorous due diligence process that Chinese lenders require before deciding whether to bankroll the project at a value of $3 billion. Industry sources say Chinese lenders are at least six months away from making the final decision;

16 Jan 2024 Kampala (Uganda) Daily Monitor. Uganda National Transport Alliance says the border closure between Rwanda and Burundi over tensions between the two is impacting transport routes, forcing trucks carrying exports to take a more costly route via Tanzania;

16 Jan 2024 London (United Kingdom) ENCA. United Kingdom’s parliament begins two days of debate over the plan to send migrants to Rwanda;

15 Jan 2024 Kinshasa (DRC) Reuters. A report by the European Union-funded Centre for Research on Public Finance and Local Development says the Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) (national independent electoral commission) has failed to account for $400m in funding it received from the state and awarded opaque procurement contracts ahead of the December presidential election;

15 Jan 2024 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Anadolu Agency. Somalia’s prime minister Hamza Abdi Barre warns Ethiopia against intervening in Somali territories and calls the sea access agreement signed between Ethiopia and Somaliland earlier in January void;

15 Jan 2024 Nairobi (Kenya) Nation. President Willian Ruto confirms he will meet Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to discuss the ongoing dispute regarding fuel importation that saw Uganda sue Kenya in the East African Court of Justice;

15 Jan 2024 Nairobi (Kenya) Business Daily. African Development Bank (AfDB) says it will restrict its funding of infrastructure projects in Kenya to the transport and water sectors in a bid to lift economic productivity;

15 Jan 2024 Arusha (Tanzania) SABC News. East African Community (EAC) urges Burundi and Rwanda to adopt peaceful measures of resolving their current tensions for the good of the region;

15 Jan 2024 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) announces the suspension of all passenger flights between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam operated by Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), effective 22 January, in response to Kenya’s recent denial of Tanzania’s request for cargo flights by its carrier, Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. KQ operates 33 scheduled flights per week between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam;

15 Jan 2024 Kampala (Uganda) Anadolu Agency. The 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit begins in Uganda, bringing together 120 member states, 18 observer states and 10 organisations;

14 Jan 2024 Arusha (Tanzania) The Citizen.  South Africa-based mining company AngloGold Ashanti recommences exploration activities in Tanzania using its newly formed company, Greenfield Exploration Ltd, as it seeks discoveries to complement the existing mines with CEO Alberto Calderon saying President Samia Suluhu Hassan has fostered a favourable investment climate in Tanzania;

13 Jan 2024 Kinshasa (DRC) Al Jazeera. United Nations (UN) confirms that all peacekeepers will leave the DRC by the end of 2024;

13 Jan 2024 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Garowe Online. United States welcomes the planned extraordinary summit by the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) set to discuss the tensions between Somalia and Ethiopia regarding sea access;

13 Jan 2024 Kigali (Rwanda) New Times. Rwanda asks the Burundian government to respect international obligations and protect Rwandans who are stranded in Burundi following Burundi’s decision to close the border between the two countries;

13 Jan 2024 Kigali (Rwanda) North Africa Post. Rwanda Development Board (RDB) meets with Gabonese authorities to discuss investment in Gabon’s tourism sector;

13 Jan 2024 Kampala (Uganda) Business Insider Africa. World Bank forecasts that Uganda’s growth will reach 6% in 2024 from 5.3% in 2023 off the back of infrastructure investment ahead of oil production in 2025;

13 Jan 2024 Kampala (Uganda) Africanews. Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) confirms authorities arrested Kenya’s former assistant minister for internal security, Stephen Tarus, on charges of smuggling gold into Uganda using counterfeit documents;

12 Jan 2024 Kigali (Rwanda) New Times. United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2024 report forecasts that Rwanda’s economy will grow 7% in 2024, ranking first in East Africa;

12 Jan 2024 Arusha (Tanzania) The Citizen. The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) announces that it will review its Rules of Procedure following the expansion of the East African Community (EAC) to include the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2022;

11 Jan 2024 Bujumbura (Burundi) The East African. Government announces it has closed its border with Rwanda, two weeks after accusing Rwanda of supporting the rebel group RED-Tabara that carried out an attack in Burundi on 22 December;

11 Jan 2024 Kinshasa (DRC) AFP. United States congratulates President Felix Tshisekedi on winning a second term in office but joins the European Union (EU) in calling for electoral reforms in the country;

11 Jan 2024 Asmara (Eritrea) Ahram. President Isaias Afwerki meets with Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments of mutual interest;

11 Jan 2024 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Financial Times. Somalia calls on Ethiopia to end the agreement it signed with Somaliland giving Ethiopia access to a stretch of Somaliland’s coastline;

11 Jan 2024 Zanzibar (Tanzania) Daily News. Deputy prime minister and energy minister Doto Biteko, speaking at the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and Tanzania-based Ndovu Gas Drilling Company in Ruvuma, announces plans to cut fuel import bills by 28% by 2050 through increased exploration and drilling of local natural gas;

11 Jan 2024 New York (United States) Reuters. Germany-based software company SAP agrees to pay the US Department of Justice $222m to settle investigations into bribery schemes in seven countries including AzerbaijanGhanaKenyaMalawiTanzaniaIndonesia and South Africa;


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