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HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE EAST AFRICA HEAVY COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVER DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE?

Road accidents are a large concern in the country withmultiple accidents within the region. Some of the accidents involve heavycommercial trucks. There are also concerns about the suitability of drivingschools within the region where most truck drivers get their lessons from. That’swhy US Compete and KTA came up with the East Africa Heavy Commercial VehicleDriver Development Institute.

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Kenya Transporters Association through funding and supportfrom USAID-COMPETE has established the East African Heavy Commercial VehicleDriver Development Institute that  provides additional and necessary competence toHeavy Commercial Vehicle Drivers in order to enhance road safety, enhanceefficiency and reduce costs, promote driver discipline and professionalism.<o:p></o:p>

The Institute is the only one in the region and isenvisioned that the school will offer advanced driving lessons to new andexperienced drivers in East Africa. T

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EAOTA CORE OBJECTIVES

EAO Ltd has the following core objectives:-
     Use available and emerging technology to ensure efficiency of the system at all times.
     To operate an online platform for the private sector that helps to coordinate the scheduling of fast, efficient removal of cargo from port to final destination.
     To operate an online platform available to all registered members and linked to other online systems used in port operations that will enable the shipping industry and transport system to become more efficient, reduce their turn around times and freight and transport operating cost.
     To facilitated efficiency in the port operations by assisting businesses to remove their cargo faster and to be able to program their services and improve the security and program traffic in and out of the port.
     To make transport owne

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Standard Gauge Railway Contract Won’t Cost Sh1.3 Trillion


Transport Cabinet has dismissed media reports that standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi would cost Sh1.3 trillion.
Instead the cabinet sought to clarify that only the distance between Mombasa and Nairobi has been awarded and will cost Sh327 billion (US $ 3.8 billion), an amount it says will cater for both construction of the railway and supplies of other equipment for the next two years after the completion of the construction.
the ministry stressed that development projects which are under way will ensure that the goal of reaching a five per cent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the sector is realised.
Every parastatal under the Transport and Infrastructure ministry is held account to a GDP growth of five per cent in five-year period.

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Kenya Could Take Up To Five Years To Pump Oil



Kenya should be optimistic but also cautious about its oil finds as well as prospect of being an oil producer.
Tullow Kenya announced new discoveries as well as noted that the resources within its blocks in Turkana could be holding well over a billion barrels of oil.
Tullow — which co-owns the Lokichar blocks with African Oil — on Wednesday said it would start working with the Government with the intention of reaching a project sanction for development, including an export pipeline, in the period 2015/2016.


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EAC Issues Quality Assurance Rules To Facilitate Regional Trade



The East African Community ( EAC) Secretariat has issued new regulations to enhance the operationalisation of the EAC Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing Act (SQMT) of 2006.
The regulations is geared towards facilitating regional trade
The regulations include: The EAC SQMT (Product Certification in Partner States) Regulations, 2013; The EAC SQMT (Designation of Testing Laboratories) Regulations, 2013; and The EAC SQMT (Enforcement of Technical Regulations in Partner States) Regulations, 2013.

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Toe EAC Line, Burundi And Tanzania Are Told


A regional business lobby has called on Tanzania and Burundi to bridge a rift that has emerged in the East African Community by adopting policies that are being implemented by Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
The East African Business Council (EABC) asked the two countries to adopt the use of national identity cards as travel documents, and to begin issuing the bloc’s single tourist visa that will be allowing its citizens to cross borders using national ID cards and student IDs as travel documents.
EABC has resolved to take a more overt role in driving policy advocacy in EAC as it seeks to improve the business climate in the region. The organisation will seek audience with presidents from all partner states within the first few months of 2014.
EABC will in the first quarter of 2014 hold high level meetings with each of the presidents of t

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Train Services Resume After Hitch


Normal operations on the Mombasa-Nairobi railway line have resumed after the Rift Valley Railways management cleared the hitch-up at Taru.
RVR said the delay was caused by a cargo train from Nairobi which had derailed at Mackinon Road in Taru, blocking the single line to Mombasa.
The operation resumed as scheduled immediately after the problem was solved.

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Mariakani Weighbridge Officials Charging Illegal Fines




Kenya National Highways Authority officials at the Mariakani weighbridge have been collecting illegal fines from transit trucks
The confusion over who is mandated to charge loading fines has caused a stand off at the weighbridge.
The officials have been accused of arresting, charging, prosecuting and imposing fines on long distance truck drivers who load their trucks for more than a month. They are also accused of creating a ‘court’ at the weighbridge that is manned by officers from SGS-Kenya.

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Probe Ownership of Chinese Railway Company


The Public Investments Committee of the National Assembly has asked for more details about the company that won the tender to build the Sh320 billion standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi.

Committee chairman Adan Keynan directed the Public Procurement Oversight Authority director general Maurice Juma to get the information for the committee within seven days.

The Star, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE

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Six Summoned Six Over Rail Tender



Top government executives are set to appear before a parliamentary committee this week to answer questions on the controversial standard gauge railway.
It is said the Mombasa to Nairobi line would cost Sh1.2 trillion and not the Sh327 billion that is appearing on official documents released by the ministry. They further allege that CRBC undertook the feasibility study and designed the railway, thereby determining its cost.

The China firm started work in early December following the official commissioning of the project by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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China Lends Kenya Sh16.7bn for City Roads

The Daily Nation 30/11/2011

China has lent Kenya Sh 16.7 billion to build Nairobi’s Southern bypass road to ease traffic by diverting trucks away from the central business district.

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EAC to Build One Economic Data Bank

The Daily Nation 30/11/2011

Eat African Community members are working to harmonies ways of measuring and collecting economic and social data as the region prepares to adopt a single currency by June.
This, the regional secretariat says, will help forestall a replay of the Euro debt crisis in the region, which is partly blamed on lack of strict policy on how much debt a country can accumulate.
“Partner states should harmonies their statistics bureaus.
The way of measuring and collecting data should also be harmonized,” EAC deputy secretary-general in-charge of Planning and Infrastructure Enos Bukuku (right), told a media training for journalists at Hotel le Chandelie in Bujumbura, Burundi.

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Port to Spur Growth, Says Balala

The Daily Nation 30/11/2011 Coast Province will develop once key infrastructure projects are complete, a Cabinet minister has said. Completion of the Dongo Kundu bypass and the creation of free port in Mombasa will...

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Maritime Industry Stakeholders root for Carbon Levy Compensation Fund

The Standard 1/12/2011 The Shipping Industry and green campaigners have joined forces to call on government meetings at the Durban climate change summit to deliver market-based measures for reducing gas emissions. Oxfam, WWF and...

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High Court Suspend Port Charges on DRC-Destined Cargo

The Standard 1/12/2011 The High Court in Mombasa has stopped Kenya Ports Authority from demanding certificate of destination for the release of imported cargo destined for the Democratic Republic of Congo, operating at Mombasa...

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EA States Yet to Review Tariffs Despite Promise

The East African Dec 5-11, 2011 East African Community member states have not reviewed their domestic tariffs despite previous commitments to do so. This has prompted the EAC and East African Business Council to...

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Shilling Steady Against Dollar, Eyes Sh89

Daily Nation 7/12/2011 The shilling was steady against the dollar yesterday ,demand from importers slowed ahead of the holiday season, but traders said the local currency could firm in coming days, helped by remittances...

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Visa Goes to Rwanda to Bank Citizens

Daily Nation 7/12/2011 Visa has opened office in Kigali to provide a platform for the unbanked citizens to access financial services. It is a move likely to help Rwanda catch up with Kenya in...

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Eritrea Furious With UN Stance

Daily Nation 7/12/2011 Eritrea has reacted with fury to new sanctions handed down by the United Nations Security Council for supporting Islamists militants including Al-Shabaab, in the lawless Somalia. The council passed the resolution...

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EAC Seeks to Safeguard Regional Bank’s Asset

The Standard 8/12/2011 East African Community (EAC) legal chiefs have less than 20 days to formulate policies that will secure the assets of East African Development Bank (EADB) EAC Heads of State summit meeting...

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Cargo Owners in Plea Over Impending Strike by Long Distance Truck Drivers

The Standard 8/12/2011 Cargo owners have expressed fears over a strike threat by truck drivers. The Kenya Long Distance Truck Drivers Union has called for a strike on December 20 to push for better...

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Security Council Falling Out Means Weaker Sanctions for Eritrea

Daily Nation 13/12/2011 Disagreements arose among Security Council members resulting against Eritrea than had originally been advocated by the United States and some of its allies. The new punishments, which augment t an arms...

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Higher Load Limits Will Tame Graft, Say Drivers

Daily Nation 13/12/2011 Heavy transporters have welcomed the move to increase the truck weight from 48 to 56 tonnes in Kenya, saying this could reduce corruption at weighbridges and on highways. Kenya last month...

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Regional States Unite In Fight Against Piracy

Daily Nation 14/12/2011 Regional countries have enhanced information sharing to boost the war against pirates, which have resulted in high insurance premiums and increased costs of imported goods. The Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre...

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Agency Waives Cargo Charges for Importers

Business Daily 14/12/2011 Importers have been spared extra charges incurred for delays in clearing cargo from shippers with the regulator saying there was no good reason for shipping lines to charge $60 (Sh 5,400)...

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The Transport Business

Business is about profit and return on investments. Many people find the transport business very attractive ad engage in purchasing vehicles to venture into the logistics world.Before starting a transport business, it is important...

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Recommended Clearing Companies in Mombasa

It is not easy sourcing for reliable clearing firms in Kenya. You have to be sure of the company and the reliability of the directors of the companies. EAO Transport has identified some of the reliable clearing and forwarding companies...

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