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 EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge Customs,Trade and Monetary Affairs, Ms. Annette Ssemuwemba receives the equipment from Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Luc Blanco on behalf of French Ambassador. Together with the DSG is the EAC Director of Customs, Ms. Flavia Busingye (Second right), Director of Human Resource, Ruth Simba (third right) and Ms. Nadia Guillo, advisor on French language in the Community ( second left)

EAC receives advanced translation and interpretation equipment from the French Government

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 31st May, 2024: The East African Community Secretariat today received state-of-the-art translation and interpretation equipment from the French Government, facilitated by the French Embassy in Tanzania. This initiative is aimed at enhancing multilingual communication and cooperation within the region.

The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge Customs, Trade and Monetary Affairs, Hon. Annette Ssemuwemba received the translation and interpretation equipment on behalf of EAC Secretariat. Representing the French Embassy, Mr. Luc Blanco, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, handed over the equipment on behalf of the French Ambassador.

The translation and interpretation equipment received includes;

  • 5 -Sennheiser SKM UHF 2020- handheld microphone
  • 70-Stetho receptor Sennheiser HDE 2020-DII
  • 2- Sennheiser EZL 2020 charging and Transport Case
  • 2-Senneheiser suitcase power cable

Speaking during the handover ceremony, the Deputy Secretary General highlighted the importance of streamlining communication in fostering collaboration and understanding among the Partner States. Noting that the equipment will facilitate multilingual communication in real-time interpretation during meetings.

 EAC Deputy Secretary General, Annette Ssemuwemba and Mr. Luc Blanco on behalf of French Ambassador test some of the equipment during the handover ceremony

“This support is a testament to the continued and strengthened cooperation between EAC and the French Government,” said the Deputy Secretary General.

Ms. Ssemuwemba emphasized the importance of breaking down language barriers to promote inclusivity and ensure that all voices within the East African Community are heard and understood during meetings across the region.

Ms. Annette Ssemuwemba and Mr. Luc Blanco share a light moment during the handover ceremony

On his part, the Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the French Embassy reiterated the Embassy's commitment in supporting the EAC's efforts in promoting linguistic diversity and facilitating dialogue during meetings. He underscored the significant impact the equipment will have on the EAC's ability to conduct meetings, conferences, and other events in multiple languages.

The 21st Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State adopted French and Kiswahili as official languages of the Community on 27th February, 2021.

For more information, please contact:

Simon Peter Owaka
Senior Public Relations OfficerCorporate Communications and Public Affairs DepartmentEAC SecretariatArusha, TanzaniaTel: +255 768 552087Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of eight (8) Partner States, comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the Federal Republic of Somalia, the Republic of South Sudan, the Republic of Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The Federal Republic of Somalia was admitted into the EAC bloc by the Summit of EAC Heads of State on 24th November, 2023 and became a full member on 4th March, 2024.

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