A team of 400 lawyers from the East African Region are gathered in the Rwandan Capital, Kigali for an annual conference under the theme; ‘Role of Lawyers in Developing Regional Economic Communities’.
President Paul Kagame is also at this massive conference (4-9th November) where he has delivered a keynote address. This is the 24th Edition of the East Africa Law Society Annual Conference taking place at Serena Hotel in Kigal.
The legal profession is considered very crucial in advancing regional integration and capable of shaping the future of the Customs Union and projected Monetary Union and political federation.
With the recently signed the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) which has entered into effect, these Lawyers are keen on pushing for implementation of monetary, political and customs union.
These delegates are also engaged in various sessions set up to cover wide areas along the conference theme and sub-themes; For example “Role of the Legal Profession in the 4th Industrial Revolution”, then “The Promise of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) Agreement” and “Rule of Law and Development in the East African Community”.
Delegates at this conference are also looking into the state of cross border trade in the region, business and human rights, sustainable and responsible business, illicit financial flows, and recent geopolitical developments in the region.
Later in the afternoon, organisers say there is scheduled the East Africa Community Focused Workshop and Launch of EAC Integration Index.
The EAC workshop aims at imparting information on the progress of EAC integration and state of implementation of EAC agenda and the EAC Common Market Protocol.
The final event of the conference on Saturday will be the AGM which features discussions by members of the organization’s health, finances and governance. The half-day event will be led by the Governing Council and will receive report of audit and activities since last audit.