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EAC Secretary General urges EU to lift sanctions on Burundi

As Secretariat seeks strengthen cooperation with EU

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 9th June, 2021: The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki has appealed to the European Union (EU) member states to lift sanctions against the Republic of Burundi, noting that the country had opened a new page and was ready to move forward.

Dr. Mathuki said that the EU sanctions on the East African were hurting not only Burundians but the people of the entire region.

“I appeal to the EU that we work together and open a new page for the betterment of the people of the Republic of Burundi,” said Dr. Mathuki.

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EAC Secretary General Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki exchanges documents with German Ambassador Regine Hess after the two signed government financing agreements between EAC and Germany. Looking on are the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Eng. Steven Mlote (centre) and East African Legislative Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ngoga Martins (behind Dr. Mathuki).

EAC Secretary General and German Ambassador sign Financing Agreements worth US$65 Million

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 17th May, 2021: New momentum for cooperation between the East African Community and the Federal Republic of Germany following the signing of two Government Agreements thus paving the way for the implementation of projects of a total volume of US$65 million in the areas of health, digital skills and water resources management.

The agreements were signed by EAC Secretary General, Hon (Dr.) Peter Mathuki and H.E. Regine Hess, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Republic of Tanzanian and the EAC.

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EAC and EU set to align development priorities for 2021 - 2027

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 27th April, 2021: The EAC Secretary General, Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki, has today undertaken his first assignment as the 6th Secretary General of the EAC in a virtual meeting with the European Union Commission. 

The meeting provided the platform to review what is envisaged in the EU Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP) for Sub-Saharan Africa 2021-27, taking into account lessons learnt from ongoing actions as well as the current priorities of the EU Commission and Regional Economic Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

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East African Community and Germany agree to continue and deepen longstanding partnership

  • Germany commits up to 42.9 Million Euros to support EAC
  • Programmes on regional and social integration aim at advancing previous achievements such as customs union and common market
  • German delegation stresses EAC's impact in fight against COVID-19 

On the 23rd/24th of November, the EAC Secretariat and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany successfully concluded their Government negotiations on development cooperation at the EAC Secretariat’s headquarter in Arusha, Tanzania. In total, Germany committed up to 42.9 Euros for the next two years. 

The negotiations were led by the honourable Secretary General of the East African Community Secretariat, H.E. Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko, and Mr. Marcus von Essen, Head of the East Africa Division at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). While BMZ participated virtually, due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions, H.E. Regine Hess, Ambassador of Germany to Tanzania and the EAC, joined the negotiations in Arusha.  

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EAC and the French Government sign a Memorandum of Understanding

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, Friday, 23rd October, 2020: The East African Community and the French Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU was signed at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania by the EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko and the Ambassador of France to Tanzania accredited at EAC, H.E. Frédéric Clavier.

The objective of the MoU is to establish a framework of cooperation and facilitate the Parties’ strategic partnership to draw on expertise and support collaborative initiatives to sustain the EAC Integration Agenda. Highlighted in the five (5) year MoU are the key priority areas of cooperation that the two parties seek to explore. These include Energy, Climate Change and Biodiversity, Industry, Private Sector Development and Investment Promotion, Customs and Trade, Financial Sector, and Capacity Building and Project Development. For the purpose of concretizing cooperation in the earmarked sectors, the Government of France will mobilize different actors and instruments.

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