10 January 2014

East Africa: EAC Deputy Secretary Commends Students On Integration

press release

Arusha — The East African Community Deputy Secretary General in charge of Finance and Administration Mr. Jean Claude Nsengiyumva today commended the interests and keenness students and the youth have shown in the EAC integration process.

Addressing 118 3rd-year Political Science and Public Administration students from Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University in Lushoto, Tanga, who were on a study tour to the EAC Headquarters, the Deputy Secretary said on average in a week the EAC Secretariat receives over 20 applications from Universities and schools requesting for study tours to share knowledge on the integration process. He said the students and the youth were the future of the Community and therefore engaging them in integration issues was in line with the Community's outreach policy.

Mr. Nsengiyumva briefed the students on the key pillars of the integration process and the milestones so far put in place. He said the positive developments taking place within the region were indicative of the right path EAC was pursuing, adding that "in the period ahead, emphasis will be on full implementation of the Common Market Protocol, implementation of the EAMU Protocol, regional infrastructure development, and movement towards the ultimate political federation.

Detailed presentations on specific sectors were made by the Director General of Customs and Trade, Mr. Peter Kiguta; the Counsel to the Community, Hon. Wilbert Kaahwa; the Head of Political Affairs, Ms Isabelle Waffubwa; the Principal Education Officer, Mr Aloysius Chebet; among others.

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