Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 June 2011

Norwegian ambassador pays courtesy call on EAC Secretary General


 

 

Norwegian ambassador pays courtesy call on EAC Secretary General

 

ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 29, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Royal Norwegian Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Ms. Ingunn Klepsvik today paid a courtesy on the EAC Secretary General, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera in his office in Arusha, Tanzania.

 

While welcoming the Norwegian Ambassador to the EAC Headquarters, the Secretary General, highlighted major developments taking place in the integration process, notably the coming into force of the EAC Customs Union on 1 January 2005, the commencement of the Common Market Protocol from July 2010, and the ongoing negotiations on the EAC Monetary Union.

 

The Secretary General informed the Norwegian envoy that the need to deepen East African integration, and indeed to fulfill the long cherished dream of a united East Africa, cannot be overemphasized.

 

He said: “Our long history of association and the close knit social, economic, political and cultural ties reinforce the East African peoples’ desire to unite as one and become a power to reckon with in the African continent and the world at large”.

 

Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera briefed Ms. Ingunn Klepsvik on the five broad priority areas that he intends to pursue in the next five years. The priority areas include among others strengthening the operations of the Customs Union; operationalization of the Common Market Protocol; putting in place a robust regional infrastructure development programme to facilitate trade and ease the free movement of the people in the region; conclusion of the negotiation of the EAC Monetary Union Protocol and having it in place by 2012 as directed by the EAC Heads of State Summit; and finally the involvement of the private sector, women, youth and the ordinary citizens of East Africa in the EAC integration agenda.

 

The Secretary General hailed the Norway’s support to the EAC through the Partnership Fund and other initiatives.

 

The Norwegian Ambassador thanked the Secretary General for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to her and commended the EAC Secretariat for the enormous work done within a limited time that has led to important milestones in the integration process.

 

“We consider EAC as the important economic and political development in the region and I assure you of our continued support to the integration agenda,” Ms. Ingunn Klepsvik assured the EAC Secretary General.

 

The Norwegian Ambassador noted that the dynamism of the Community was high, adding that “the EAC is on the path of becoming a formidable economic and political bloc to be reckoned with in Arica and globally”.


 


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