Full Speech: Museveni Roots For EAC Political Federation


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I commend the Council of Ministers as well as the East African Community Secretariat under the able leadership of the Secretary General Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, together with his team, for coordinating and putting in place the necessary documentation for our Summit. Asanteni Saana. Since we last met in November, 2012, several important developments have taken place. One of these is the successful General Election in the Republic of Kenya.

Allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate His Excellency President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta upon his election. We welcome him to the Summit of the Heads of State of the East African Community Partner States and wish him success in steering the affairs of his country to greater heights during his tenure.

I also salute the people of Kenya for the successful and peaceful elections. I further salute them for affirming the sovereignty of Kenya. Your Excellencies, Our region is dynamic and vibrant.

We have worked tirelessly to maintain a stable macro-economic environment characterized by security of persons, property and our financial systems. We have defeated instability in East Africa and no one will be allowed to destabilise the region. Our region is now conducive for investment and general development.

The people of East Africa are impatient to move from poverty as well as underdevelopment and take their right place and find their voice in the Community of Nations. The private sector and the civil society are now taking full advantage of the Community.

A dialogue framework has been put in place to ensure continuous engagement with the private sector and civil society both at the national and regional levels to help create an improved business environment for the implementation of agreed decisions in all economic and social sectors.

In Uganda, the biggest culprits in having anti-private sector sentiments have been some of the civil servants.

I have had a continuous battle with them on this issue. They are now moving. They have probably realized one Ugandan saying: “ekikaamba tikihakana na muhoro” – “a climbing plant cannot challenge the panga, because if it does so, the panga will cut it”.

At the regional level, the Private sector has made their voice heard. They want the removal of non-tariff barriers to trade, as well as a conducive and supportive environment to the free movement of goods, services, labour and capital in order to unleash the potential of enterprises.

We as a Community must act fast to facilitate them. I, however, urge the Private sector to increasingly promote cross-border investments. I also look forward to the conclusion of a Private Sector developed, led and enforced Code of Conduct to help our region fight corruption. It is not enough for Governments to act.

The Private Sector must also be committed to join in this struggle. Fortunately, our region has abundant natural resources, including the minerals, oil and gas deposits. These resources should help prope East Africa into middle income status and within the next fifty years into the First World category.

If we manage them well, these resources will enable us to make this socio-economic transition quickly and using, largely, our own financial resources. We can also use them in an integrated way.

The huge phosphate deposits at Tororo in Uganda, if linked with the huge natural gas deposits in Tanzania, would enable us to forget about the importation of fertilizers – Nitrogen, phosphates and potassium (NPK).

East Africa needs to utilize these resources for all East Africans based on the understanding that by pooling our resources together, we will be in a better position to realize and sustain our development goals more easily than as individual nations and guarantee the future of Africa. However, we should always remember that the greatest resource of East Africa are the 140 million people and the greatest resource of Africa are the one billion people.

They are consumers and producers. First, however, we have urgent unfinished business to attend to. We need to conclude negotiations on a Single Customs Territory, conclude negotiations on a Monetary Union, implement the Industrial Policy and Strategy and focus on investment in infrastructure.

Your Excellencies As your Chair, I would like to report that last month I represented our Community at the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban, South Africa. At that Summit, I invited the BRICS countries to come and invest in our region because doing so is good for business for the African sub regions and BRICS as a whole.

I told the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that the return on investment in the three regional blocs is at least 32 percent for the financial sector and at least 25 percent for real economy including manufacturing; and that BRICS could also help in providing soft loans to build infrastructures in areas of electricity, roads, railways, harbours.

I informed the BRICS leaders that our Community and COMESA were started as vehicles of economic integration in order to reverse the process of colonialism that had fragmented the African continent politically and economically.

EAC is not only targeting economic integration but also political integration. While saluting those members of BRICS that supported the African peoples struggle for freedom, I emphasized that it was high time that we translated that historical linkages into an updated relationship with broader implications for global security, trade, investment and mutual support.

The emergence of BRICS is a welcome phenomenon for the maintenance of global peace, security, economic development and prosperity for our people. We need to tap on the resources from the BRICS club to develop regional infrastructure and other capital-intensive projects. I also advised NEPAD to always not forget the linking of East Africa and Congo DR, East Africa and South Sudan, East Africa and Ethiopia as well as East Africa and Somalia in terms of infrastructure planning and advocacy for resources.

As we build these important Partnerships, it is critical that we do so in defense of our sovereignty. This is why I look forward to a speedy extension of the Jurisdiction of the East African Court of Justice.

At the EAC level, we still require robust structures and initiatives aimed at strengthening the human resource, financial and related capacities. This implies coherence of programming and implementation of agreed policies, projects and programmes at the Partner States’ levels; building capacities of the Community Organs and Institutions; of our Embassies abroad; including mobilising our Diaspora communities to enable them promote our integration.

As we strive to build and strengthen these capacities; and to define and implement common foreign policies, I call upon the Council of Ministers to do all within its mandate to facilitate the implied processes. With this short statement, I wish the 11th Extraordinary Summit fruitful deliberations. I thank you.


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