Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 October 2010

UNHCR nominates representative to EAC / EAC to benefit from UNHCR expertise in managing refugees – Amb. Mwapachu





UNHCR nominates representative to EAC / EAC to benefit from UNHCR expertise in managing refugees – Amb. Mwapachu



ARUSHA, Tanzania, October 6, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the United Republic of Tanzania, Mr. Oluseyi Bajulaiye, today presented his accreditation letter to the EAC Secretary General Amb. Juma Mwapachu.

In the accreditation letter dated 6 September 2010 and signed by the UNHCR Chief António Guterres, Mr. Oluseyi Bajulaiye, will now also be the official UNHCR representative to the East African Community.

The accreditation letter notes that UNHCR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the East African Community in March 2010 establishing a framework for cooperation between the two organizations.

As the representative of UNCHR to the EAC, Mr. Bajulaiye will be responsible, among others, for the liaison function with the Community. The UNHCR Chief António Guterres believes that this arrangement will enable the two parties “to strengthen our cooperation with the EAC for the prevention of forced displacement and the protection of the rights of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless persons in East Africa”. Mr. Guterres assured the EAC of UNHCR’s readiness to fully cooperate with and support the regional bloc. 

Amb. Mwapachu congratulated Mr. Bajulaiye upon his new role and noted that his appointment was history-making in that he was the first representative of a UN agency accredited to the EAC.

“Your appointment signifies the scaling up as well as legalizing [of] our relationship, and will add value to the existing MoU,” noted Amb. Mwapachu.

The Secretary General said the EAC Secretariat was getting overstretched in terms of its mandate: “As the integration process deepens, we are embracing more functions and we need additional capacities in functional areas like refugee management and migration issues which are highly specialized fields”.

With the implementation of the Common Market, the geographical space has been widened hence the need to put in place mechanisms to address issues like peace and security, migration, refugees and EAC could benefit a lot from the UNHCR expertise in these fields, Amb. Mwapachu added.

The Secretary General assured the UNHCR representative of the EAC’s continued support and cooperation while performing his duties. Mr. Oluseyi Bajulaiye was accompanied by the Senior Liaison Officer, Mr. Shana Kaninda.

The EAC also has 11 country representatives accredited to it. The 11 countries that have accredited envoys are: Brazil, USA, Denmark, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Netherlands, Japan, Belgium, France, Canada and India.



East African Community (EAC)


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