25 December 2012

East Africa: Election Observer Mission Gets Boost

Arusha — The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera last week concluded his mission to the Danish government.

He signed an agreement that will implement the contribution of additional resources to the EAC partnership fund of 450,000 Euro's. Amb. Sezibera said that the funds are specifically for supporting the EAC observer mission to the Kenyan elections scheduled for March next year.

EAC publicist Richard Owora said is a statement issued last week in Arusha, Tanzania that Amb.Sezibera also held discussions with the Danish Minister for Trade and Investment Ms Pia Olsen Dyhr and the Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach.

"Amb. Sezibera and the two Ministers discussed matters regarding EAC regional integration; areas for collaboration between the EAC and Denmark particularly in investment in infrastructure and renewable energy, and the status and way forward on the EAC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)," said Owora.

He added that Amb. Sezibera later addressed a public seminar held on the theme "Danish Trade Policy, Regional Integration in Africa and the EU Economic Partnership Agreement Process," at the Danish Institute for International Studies.

Amb. Sezibera informed his audience about the achievements and challenges of regional integration in East Africa highlighting the implementation of the Customs Union and the Common Market as well as negotiations towards a Monetary Union.

He was also part of the Roundtable Discussion on Approaching a conclusion of the EPA Process: Achievements, Challenges and Way Forward during which he emphasized that the EAC region remains committed to concluding the EAC-EU EPA that promotes the regional integration and development of the bloc.

Sezibera also met the Danish Industry (DI) which is an association of Danish industries where he emphasized that the EAC integration is private sector driven and urged DI to work closely with the EAC through the East African Business Council.

The Secretary General made a working visit to Amagerforbraending-Energy Efficiency-a company which recycles municipal waste and turns it into eco-friendly electricity and a source of heating.

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