Denmark, Norway appoint representatives to EAC / EAC and Denmark sign Financing Agreement worth $3.2 million
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March 8, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Ambassadors of Denmark and Norway to the United Republic of Tanzania today presented letters of accreditation as their countries’ representatives to the East African Community.
His Excellency Amb. Johnny Flento, the Danish Ambassador to Tanzania presented his letter of accreditation to the Secretary General of the East African Community Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera this morning, through which the Danish Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Villy Sovndal said he had been appointed to replace Amb. Bjarne Sorensen, the previous Danish envoy to Tanzania and EAC.
Amb. Flento said Denmark was “very much in favor of regional integration” and announced that the country would use its position as the current chair of the European Union to push for “development friendly EPAs (Economic Partnership Agreements)”. The EAC is one of the regional blocs the European Union is currently negotiating the EPAs with.
The Danish envoy also voiced his country’s desire to increase trade cooperation with the EAC, while on his part, the EAC Secretary General Amb. Sezibera hailed the good relationship the EAC enjoys with Denmark and reiterated the bloc’s commitment to conclude negotiations on the EPAs. He concurred with his guest on the importance of an EPA deal that promotes development.
“We want EPAs to lead to development of our region and strengthen regional integration,” the Secretary General asserted.
At the same ceremony, the EAC Secretary General and the Danish Ambassador signed a Financing Agreement that will see Denmark provide EAC with a grant of 18 million Danish Kroner (approximately $3.2 million) over a three-year period beginning 2011/12 to 2014/15.
Norway nominates envoy to EAC
The Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania Her Excellency Ingunn Klepsvik today also presented her letter of accreditation to the EAC, signed by Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Jonas Gahr Store, to the Secretary General in a ceremony at the EAC Secretariat headquarters in Arusha.
H.E. Amb. Klepsvik said there was a growing interest in and knowledge about the EAC, which she noted was setting the stage for closer cooperation. She observed that although Norway works closely with EAC Partner States, her country wished to formalize its engagements at the regional level.
The EAC Secretary General meanwhile affirmed that EAC was keen to strengthen cooperation with Norway, and called upon the country to rejoin the EAC Partnership Fund, which is a pooled fund mechanism that supports various EAC initiatives.
Amb. Sezibera also informed Amb. Klepsvik that EAC was looking forward to working closely with Norway to make the bloc’s regional power pool operational.
EAC Deputy Secretary General (Finance and Administration) Dr. Julius Rotich; the Counsel to the Community Hon. Wilbert Kaahwa; and other senior Secretariat staff attended the accreditation ceremonies.
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