Danish ambassador to Tanzania accredited to EAC / Accreditation sets a new stage in the formal relationship between Denmark and the EAC-Amb. Mwapachu
ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 22, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Danish Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Bjarne Henneberg Sorensen today presented his credentials to the EAC Secretary General, Ambassador Juma Mwapachu. In a letter dated 14 April 2010 from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Denmark to the EAC Secretary General, H.E. Bjarne Henneberg Sorensen was appointed as a Permanent Representative of Denmark to the East African Community (EAC).
Ambassador Sorensen’s accreditation to the EAC makes Denmark the second nation to nominate an Ambassador to the regional bloc. The Ambassador of the United States of America to Tanzania, H.E. Alfonso E. Lenhardt was the first to present his accreditation on 19 May 2010.
Speaking at the accreditation ceremony at the EAC Headquarters, the EAC Secretary General, Amb. Mwapachu, noted that the accreditation sets a new stage in the formal relationship between Denmark and the EAC, adding that “it now puts in place the necessary diplomatic legal framework that will consolidate and open up a bigger space for trade and economic development between the regional bloc and Denmark.
In his accreditation speech, Amb. Sorensen hailed EAC for the remarkable achievements so far recorded in the establishment of the Customs Union and the move to a Common Market. “Denmark has chosen to formalise its relations with the East African Community in recognition of the aspirations and ambitions of the EAC” noted Amb. Sorensen. The Customs Union and the Common Market Protocol, which enters into force on 1 July this year, represent remarkable milestones.
The next step will be to ensure timely implementation by the Partner States at national levels to the benefit of the more than 130 million East Africans, observed the Ambassador. He further observed that “with the Customs Union and the Common Market Protocol, the blueprint for further political and economic integration of the EAC countries was now in place”.
H.E. Sorensen assured Amb. Mwapachu of Denmark’s continued support to the EAC integration agenda with special emphasis on the national implementation processes of the regional projects and programmes, as well as the private sector development through the support to the Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) programme.
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