EAC in MoU with Institute of Security Studies

19:16, August 20, 2010      

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A Pan-African think tank, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), has signed a peace building agreement with the East African Community 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 in Nairobi late Thursday by Beatrice Kiraso, deputy secretary general (Political Federation) and Kenneth Mpyisi, director of ISS Nairobi Office.

The objective of the cooperation is to strengthen the institutional ties between the EAC and the ISS, said Mpyisi.

"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," noted the MOU.

The MOU will facilitate 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 programs.

The EAC said through the MOU, it 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.

The EAC has several institutions 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 will bring its expertise as one of the major think tanks in human security and its capability in applied research, training and capacity building.

Source: Xinhua

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