The 11th Meeting of the East African Community (EAC) Bureau of Speakers takes place in Arusha, Tanzania on Friday.
Hosted by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Speakers from the EAC Parliaments (National Assemblies/Senates) and EALA are expected to be in attendance.
“The meeting is expected to revisit and make amends to the Rules of Procedure of the Bureau of EAC Speakers that guide the Forum,” reads part of an EALA statement.
Friday’s meeting will also see the handover of the Chair of the Bureau of Speakers from the Parliament of Tanzania to the East African Legislative Assembly.
The Bureau of the EAC Speakers is the umbrella body that EALA and the National Assemblies utilise to champion the cause of Parliaments in the region, that of enacting legislation, oversight and representation and plays a key advisory role to the Summit of the EAC Heads of State.
The one-day meeting was preceded by a two-day meeting of Clerks which opened yesterday, which, among other things, will review the mandate of the Bureau, discuss modalities of operationalisation of the East African Parliamentary Institute (EAPI) and several emerging challenges in legislature in the region.