The Protocol on Cooperation in Meteorological Services within EAC Partner States under ratification process

On Friday, 16th June 2017, in Kigali-Rwanda, the Taskforce on the East African Community Protocol on Cooperation in Meteorological Services concluded its two days meeting to develop the roadmap and the strategies for the implementation of the protocol on cooperation in meteorological services.


The Protocol allows Partner States to cooperate in the Planning, designing and development of weather and climate observation networks and meteorological telecommunication systems; the processing and analysis of data and sharing of meteorological information and the development of early warning systems.

Mr. John Ntaganda Semafara, the Director General at Rwanda Meteorology Agency welcomed the delegates from the sister states of the East African Community. The Director General noted that Rwanda has indeed received a copy of the East African Community Protocol on Cooperation in Meteorological Services and informed the meeting that the ratification process is ongoing. 


The Director General said that the weather has no boundaries hence a need for strong partnership and collaboration of EAC Partner States in monitoring the weather and provision of advisories on severe weather and climate events that may affect the region.

“I have confidence that the Task Force shall develop the required roadmap and strategies for the implementation of the Protocol on Cooperation in Meteorological Services to enable the EAC Partner States have efficient climate services that will support the citizen’s socioeconomic activities” reiterated John Ntaganda Semafara, Director General.


Mr. Ruben K. Barakiza, Senior Meteorologist in Burundi National Meteorological and Hydrological Services pointed out that the ratification of Protocol will improve the ongoing initiatives in the region including severe weather forecasting and early warning services for disaster risk reduction, climate information needed for climate change adaptation among others.

“I have confidence that the Task Force shall develop the required roadmap and strategies for the implementation of the Protocol on Cooperation in Meteorological Services to enable the EAC Partner States have efficient climate services that will support the citizen’s socioeconomic activities” reiterated John Ntaganda Semafara, Director General.


Mr. Ruben K. Barakiza, Senior Meteorologist in Burundi National Meteorological and Hydrological Services pointed out that the ratification of Protocol will improve the ongoing initiatives in the region including severe weather forecasting and early warning services for disaster risk reduction, climate information needed for climate change adaptation among others.

Mr. Emmanuel Ntenga a Lawyer in Tanzania Meteorological Agency remarked that the Protocol on cooperation in meteorological services shall help enhance joint capability through the sharing of resources and promoting capacity building through technology exchange.


About the Protocol on Cooperation in Meteorological Services


Cooperation among EAC Partner States in the Meteorological sector is guided by Article 100 of the Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community. Under the provision of the Treaty, Partner States undertook to cooperate in the provision of meteorological services.


The 11th Council of Ministers Meeting held on 4th April 2006, directed the Secretariat in consultation with meteorological services to develop an MoU on cooperation within Meteorological Services to enable the harmonization of meteorological policies in the region, facilitate pooling and mobilization of resources and development of regional meteorological institutions.

The Protocol was signed at the 33rd Council of Ministers meeting on 27th February 2016 in Arusha, Tanzania  and forwarded to Partner States for ratification process.

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