EAC Energy Meeting Suspended as Rwanda, South Sudan Fail to Attend

Millions of shillings have been lost after the Ministerial Session of the 14th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Energy was called off at the last minute on Friday due to lack of quorum at the East African Community (EAC) Headquarters.

The Rules of Procedure for the Council of Ministers provide that quorum of the meeting of the Council is all Partner States’ representation.

The representation at the Ministerial Session of the Council requires a Minister or Ministers designated by that Partner State.

When the meeting convened at the Ministerial level to receive the Report of the Coordination Committee this morning, it was realized that there were no Ministers from the Republics of Rwanda and South Sudan to attend the Meeting hence the call off.

ChimpReports has seen a letter from Rwanda’s Minister for East African Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe to EAC dated June 4, requesting for the “postponement of the Ministerial sessions” due to an “important cabinet meeting scheduled on 7th June 2019.”

Nduhungirehe said the Rwandan ministers of Education and Infrastructure “will not be able to attend the ministerial sessions.”

It remains unclear why Nduhungirehe didn’t communicate on time.

EAC spends heavily on planning and hosting such events.

Failure of partner states to honor commitments to participate in such deliberations cost the regional body a lot of money.

In his letter, Nduhungirehe requested that the meetings be postponed to the “following week at a convenient date via video conference…”

The EAC said in a statement on Friday that its Secretariat is “consulting with the Partner States on when to convene the Ministerial Session either by video conferencing or face to face meeting.”

The objective of the 14th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Energy was to review the progress made in the sector in implementing the decisions of the Council, receive updates on energy sector activities from the Partner States and consider other issues of regional importance.

Among the items on the agenda of the Meeting were: Consideration of the status of implementation of the previous directives and decisions of the Sectoral Council; Consideration of Implementation of Regional Strategy on Scaling Up Access to Modern Energy Services; Consideration of implementation of East African Power Master Plan projects, and; Consideration of a report on enhancement of a sustainable regional energy market in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean region project.

Other items on the agenda of the Sectoral Council included: Consideration of the Centre of Excellence for the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) report; Consideration of the Study on analysis of petroleum policies, legal and regulatory frameworks in the region report and; any other business.

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