Republic of Guinea Delegation visits EAC Headquarters in Arusha
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 27th May, 2022: The delegation from the Republic of Guinea consisting of Commissioners of Immigration, Police, and Customs, and representatives from the African Capacity Building Center in Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania, paid a working visit to the EAC Headquarters and held discussions with Ag. Director, of Social Sectors at the EAC Secretariat Mr. Stephen Niyonzima on behalf of the EAC Secretary General Hon. (Dr). Peter Mathuki.
The purpose of their visit was to gain insight into the major developments taking place in the integration process as well as challenges experienced within the EAC, especially on areas of Trade and Customs, Peace and Security, and Immigration as well as to share the experience of the same from ECOWAS.
Addressing the delegation, Mr.Niyonzima hailed the good relationship between EAC and other regional and international organizations, such as ECOWAS whose activities have a bearing on the objectives of the Community.
He also briefed the delegation on the major integration milestones taking place in the integration process, notably the operationalization of the EAC Common Market, especially on the four Freedoms of movement for all the factors of production and two Rights between Partner States, as well as joint initiatives on peace and security including cooperating to combat transnational and cross border crimes such as drug and human trafficking, illegal migration, money laundering, cyber-crime and motor vehicle theft.
In addition, the Ag Director disclosed to the delegation on the collaboration arrangements between the EAC and other regional economic communities (RECs) highlighting the establishment of EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area the Common Market for COMESA-EAC-SADC comprises 26 countries with a combined population of about 600 million people and a total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of approximately US$1.0 trillion.
He further informed the delegation that EAC has largely achieved the integration agenda due to a strong top political commitment, the social-cultural structure of the peoples of the Community, and the bottom-up decision-making process involving the principle of consensus.
On his part, the leader of delegation from Guinea commended the EAC Secretariat for the enormous work done that has led to important milestones in the integration process.
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The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of six Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
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