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Press Release: EAC and ISS Sign Agreement to Promote Peace and Security in the Region
19 August 2010

PRESS RELEASE

19 August 2010, Nairobi, Kenya

EAC AND ISS SIGN AGREEMENT TO PROMOTE PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE REGION

 

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the East African Community (EAC) have entered into an agreement to jointly undertake actions in areas of common interest covered in the EAC Strategy for Regional Peace and Security. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Wednesday, August 19, 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, by the Hon. Beatrice Kiraso, Deputy Secretary General (Political Federation) and Mr Kenneth Mpyisi, Director of ISS Nairobi Office (on behalf of H.E. Amb. Juma V Mwapachu, Secretary General EAC, and Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director ISS, respectively).

The objective of the cooperation is to strengthen the institutional ties between the EAC and the ISS. Both the EAC and ISS are committed to the promotion and maintenance of peace and security in the region and have therefore resolved to cooperate in areas of mutual interest, particularly in matters relating to peace and security, governance and democratization, access to justice and human rights. This will be in addition to an exchange of technical expertise and advice within the framework of the EAC Strategy for Regional Peace and Security; and an exchange of technical expertise and advice in governance, democratization, justice and human rights programmes. The agreement will be based on mutual respect and understanding of the respective strengths, organisational structures, mandates and institutional capacities of the EAC and the ISS.

The EAC aims at achieving its goals and objectives through observing fundamental principles such as the promotion of good governance, including adherence to the principles of democracy, rule of law, accountability, transparency, social justice, equal opportunities and gender equality; as well as the promotion of peace, security and stability within the region and good neighborliness among the partner states of Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda. The EAC has established institutional and legal frameworks that address peace and security in the EAC region, namely: the EAC Strategy for Regional Peace and Security; the Directorate for Peace and Security; Nyerere Centre for Peace Research (NCPR) Strategic Plan; Conflict Prevention Management and Resolution (CPMR) Framework with an Early Warning Mechanism; and a Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Policy.

The ISS, on the other hand, is a leading think tank in human security and works towards a stable and peaceful Africa characterised by sustainable development, human rights, the rule of law, democracy and collaborative security. The ISS realises this vision by undertaking applied research, training and capacity building; working collaboratively with others; facilitating and supporting policy formulation; monitoring trends and policy implementation; collecting, interpreting and disseminating information; and networking on national, regional and international levels.

It is envisaged that this cooperation will foster better collaboration between the EAC and ISS; facilitate the joint identification of needs and implementation of programmes in the areas covered by the agreement; and enhance the effectiveness of the EAC in the areas of cooperation. The objectives of the agreement will be achieved through regular consultations between the EAC and ISS on policies and procedures; training programmes and workshops; exchange of technical support and advice; and information sharing and research in areas of common interest within the framework of NCPR`s strategic plan and capacity building for NCPR.

The signing ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

For more information, please contact:

The Director

ISS Nairobi Office

Tel: +254 20 386 1625

Email: Kenneth Mpyisi

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