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, cialis 40mg http://cenariospizza.com/wp-includes/shortcodes.php the Swedish Ambassador to Tanzania and the EAC, http://ca-uqam.info/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php 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, http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-includes/default-filters.php 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.
Independents Wilfred Nuwagaba the incumbent for Ndorwa East and Andrew Baryayanga the incumbent for Kabale Municipality have both retained their seats in Kabale district.
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In the Municipality, Andrew Baryayanga was victor with 6464, and was followed by NRM’s Dr Francis Runumi who got 4364 while Nicholas Kamara came third with 3020. Prof Augustus Nuwagaba managed 1502, Isaac Rukandema 1056 while Justine Orishaba trailed with 458.
Juma Adams Sheesha the Kabaale district returning officer declared the results at around 5am.
In Rubanda West by publication time, Eng Denis Sabiti was leading Minister for economic planning and incumbent Henry Banyenzaki.