The Federal Republic of Germany has hailed the commitment of the five East African Community (EAC) Partner States to the EAC integration process.
The Deputy Director General for Sub-Saharan Africa at the German Foreign Office, order http://consugi.com/wp-includes/rss.php Mr George Schmidt, more about http://ca-uqam.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widgets.php at the same time said that Germany would continue to promote trade and development cooperation with the EAC.
Mr Schmidt disclosed that Germany’s support for regional integration was based on her post-World War II reconstruction efforts especially the benefits occasioned by closer cooperation with Europe.
“For us, http://crosscon.ca/wp-content/themes/function/includes/widgets/widget-woo-embed.php regional integration was not a loss of sovereignty but the regaining of sovereignty. That is why Germans have an ease when dealing with regional integration,” said Mr Schmidt, adding, “For the African continent, regional integration was a good way of mitigating the artificial boundaries drawn by the European colonial powers.
Mr Schmidt observed that the EAC Partner States had a long history of integration noting that it was encouraging that the Community was actively engaging the private sector, civil society and ordinary East Africans in the integration process.
Mr Schmidt was addressing the annual meeting of political advisers for Economic Cooperation and Development at the East African Legislative Assembly plenary hall in Arusha, Tanzania.
The focus of this year’s meeting was on the aspect of regional economic and political integration, especially the role of Regional Economic Communities in Africa.
Mr Schmidt led a 60-person delegation who engaged staff of the EAC on pertinent issues on regional integration in East Africa and by extension the African continent.
The Director of Infrastructure at the EAC Secretariat, Mr Philip Wambugu, who represented the Secretary General praised Germany for its assistance to the EAC dating back many years.
“The German Federal Government was the first development partner in 1997 to commit technical and financial assistance to the re-established Community and renewed integration efforts. Since then, the partnership has been growing and deepening and to date, German support in the EAC at the regional level exceeds 200 million euros in support of our integration efforts and programmes,” Mr Wambugu said.
Mr Wambugu further said that the East African Monetary Union Protocol was currently under implementation with the development of supportive legislation to anchor its institutions and processes.
“We look up to German support in the implementation of the protocol given the centrality of Germany in the Euro economic zone and currency stability,” he added.
He described as extremely high the potential for economic transformation in the EAC through trade and industrialisation.
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Betty Basajja who was eying the Mbarara Municipality MP seat is the second wife to money magnet Hassan Basajjabalaba.
She was actively engaged in hunting for votes in the municipality, no rx distributing materials like reflector jackets to her supporters.
However the supporters were taken aback on Thursday when it emerged that her names could not be traced on the voters’ register, approved compelling the commissioners to disqualify her.
Isabella Mabumba who was vying for the district woman MP seat and Kakama Kankiriho also arrived at the nomination venue but could not raise the required Shs 3million fee.
The district electoral commission registrar Dan Ruhemba said that out of 44 people who picked nomination forms, only 23 were nominated.
He asked the aspirants to wait until 7th December when official campaigning begins and also asked them to harmonize their schedules to avoid clashing.