EAC Moves to Implement Unified Airspace; Discard Trade Barriers  

AC Secretary General Dr Richard Sezibera confers with Amb. Katarina Rangnitt, Sweden’s new Ambassador to Tanzania and the EAC after the envoy presented her credentials to the Secretary General at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania

Japan has committed to support the EAC regional integration agenda and to strengthen areas of cooperation between herself and the East African Community.

This was revealed Thursday during a consultative meeting between representatives of the Government of Japan and the EAC Secretariat held at the EAC Headquarters, viagra in Arusha.

The Deputy Ambassador of Japan to the United Republic of Tanzania, Counselor Hiroyuki Kubota underscored Japan’s commitment to support and engage the EAC in various development projects and programmes between the two regions.

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“The Government of Japan firmly believes that in order to foster socio-economic development, the involvement of the private sector is key, and with this, the Government of Japan is committed to facilitating the involvement of the private sector in both regions to play its critical role in the EAC integration agenda,” he remarked.

The EAC Secretary General, Amb. Dr Richard Sezibera expressed his appreciation to the Government of Japan for the ongoing support to the EAC both at the regional as well as bilateral levels.

“The collaboration with Japan ranks highly in terms of its contributions toward deeper EAC integration,” he noted.

Amb. Sezibera highlighted Japan’s critical role in supporting the EAC agenda, noting her support in the development of the One Stop Border Posts (both hard and soft infrastructure); development of the Vehicle Load Control and the One Stop Border Post laws that are currently undergoing gazettement; co-financing with African Development Bank of the Arusha – Namanga – Athi River Road and various ports projects at the bilateral levels.

Present at the consultations was Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Tanzania Office, Chief Representative, Mr Toshio Nagase who underscored Japan’s commitment to deliver on all projects committed under the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), reaffirming that those with various implementation challenges would soon be back on track, such as the Bujumbura Port Project.

Mr Nagase further informed the meeting that preparations for TICAD VI where underway and will address two thematic areas: human resources development and regional connectivity.

“I call upon the EAC to propose priority projects under TICAD VI that are aligned to the two TICAV VI themes,” he added.

In concluding their consultations, the two parties agreed to look into modalities of hosting a side event, jointly sponsored by EAC and Japan, on the sidelines of TICAD VI slated for August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Present at the consultative meeting were JICA Tanzania Office Representative, Mr Nobuyuki Kobe, EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Dr Enos Bukuku and EAC Director of Infrastructure, Mr Phillip Wambugu
Sweden has pledged to continue supporting the East African Community integration process as the region moves to expedite the formation of single airspace to boost trade and movement of people.

Ambassador Katarina Rangnitt, prescription the Swedish Ambassador to Tanzania and the EAC, viagra 60mg said cooperation among the five EAC Partner States was crucial to relations between Sweden and East Africa.

Amb Rangnitt was speaking when she presented her credentials to the EAC Secretary General, there Amb. Dr Richard Sezibera at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

Sweden has over the past nine years disbursed generous financial support amounting to 7,225,155 Swedish Kroner (US$851,676) to the EAC, monies that have been channelled through the EAC Partnership Fund.

Welcoming the Swedish envoy, Amb Dr Sezibera thanked Sweden for her support to the Community over the years noting that the Swedish support has been used for among other things the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreements between the EAC and the EU as well as boosting the health sector in the region.

Amb Sezibera said the Partnership Fund has been used to finance not just the activities of the EAC Secretariat but the Community’s specialized institutions such as the Lake Victoria Basin Commission and the Inter-University Council of East Africa.

The Secretary General briefed Amb Rangnit on the progress of the EAC integration saying the Community had made many achievements since the signing of the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC on 30th November, 1999.

Amb Sezibera said the EAC was seeking to ensure that the regional airspace was a unified territory throughout East Africa.

“As we increasingly become an effective Customs Union on the ground, we shall have to do the same for East Africa’s Airspace,” he said, adding that you cannot have a Customs Union on the ground only.

The Secretary General said the Community requires a lot of support to facilitate trade in services noting that significant progress had already been recorded in the free movement of goods as enshrined in the Common Market Protocol.

He pointed out other achievements as the reduction of Non-Tariff Barriers to the free movement of goods, the convertibility of the Partner States national currencies and cooperation in the development of infrastructure.

“Our Infrastructure programmes are largely on track. Many of the One Stop Border Posts have been completed, and are being operationalised. I congratulate the Partner States for ratifying the One Stop Border Bill, and the Axle Weight Control Bill. This puts our Community in good stead to strengthen the operations of our Customs Union,” he said.

He disclosed that the EAC Heads of State Summit had agreed on a 10-year Infrastructure Development Strategy which among other things lays emphasis on public-private partnership investments in railways, roads, ports and energy in the region.

Amb Rangnitt was accompanied by Mr. Ludvig Bontell, the Political and Commercial Affairs attaché at the Swedish Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

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