Tanzania’s prime minister inspects progress on construction of EAC headquarters in Arusha
ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 1, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Tanzania’s Prime Minister, Hon. Mizengo Pinda, yesterday inspected progress attained in the construction of the East African Community (EAC) headquarters in Arusha.
The 14-million Euros project is funded by the government of Federal Republic of Germany and is expected to be ready by January 2012. The new headquarters are constructed in about ten acres located near the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), where the first Community headquarters was established.
The Prime Minister reiterated his country’s commitment to the EAC integration process and assured that his government would work very closely to ensure that the project moves as planned.
”Unity is strength and I’m confident that the planned launch of the Common Market on 1 July will take-off as scheduled,” Hon. Pinda added.
Earlier, the Deputy Secretary General of the EAC (In charge of Political Federation), Hon. Beatrice Kiraso, updated the Prime Minister on the achievements of the EAC integration process.
She congratulated all five Partner States for having ratified the EAC Common Market Protocol in a record time.
Hon. Kiraso also said that negotiations have started for the EAC Monetary Union, which is envisaged to be launched in 2012.
”We’ll continue to pursue our regional integration in a holistic manner,” she said, however, adding that any successful integration process can only thrive in a stable and peaceful manner.
”Peace and security are prerequisites in our regional integration efforts,” Hon. Kiraso stressed.
The Senior EAC official also thanked the German government for the funding the headquarters’ construction.
The Chairman of EAC Council of Ministers, Hon. Diodorus Kamala, thanked the Tanzanian government for exempting taxes on equipment required for the construction.
The Tanzanian EAC Minister also lauded allocation of another 125 acres of land in Kisongo area, on the outskirts of Arusha town, for future expansion of the Community.
Briefing the Prime Minister on the progress of the construction, Project Co-ordinator, Phil Makini Kleruu, said that the EAC headquarters building has been designed with maximum flexibility in case of a need for future extension and to adapt to the climatic conditions.
Besides housing the Secretariat, East African Legislative Assembly and the East African Court of Justice, the complex will also provide other relevant state-of-the art facilities such as conference rooms of various sizes, VIP rooms, committee rooms, court rooms,library,archives,media centre, international restaurant, banking and postal facilities and shopping.
The main contract has been awarded to M/s African Real Estate Company Limited of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, after emerging the lowest evaluated bidder. The main contractor supervises six nominated sub contractors of different trades.
The ceremony of laying the foundation for the project was performed by the EAC Heads of State on 20th November, 2009, coinciding with the commemoration of the EAC 10th Anniversary.
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