The East African Community Secretary-General Ambassador Liberat Mfumukeko has said the growth trends observed in the East African Community (EAC) integration process have been due to the political goodwill of its leaders.
Ambassador Mfumukeko made the remarks while receiving credentials from David Concar, the British high commissioner to Tanzania and Didier Chassot, the Swiss ambassador to Tanzania.
He also told the duo that the support from the UK through TradeMark East Africa and other development partners had played a big role in accelerating the EAC integration process.
Speaking to Concar, Amb. Mfumukeko hailed the strong relations existing between the EAC and Britain and commended the British government for its dedicated support to the EAC integration process.
The Secretary-General shared the progress made by the EAC in the four pillars of integration namely the Customs Union, Common Market, Monetary Union and Political Federation, reads a statement on the EAC website.
On his part, the British High Commissioner said that his appointment was an expression of the British Government’s faith in the EAC integration project and lauded the bloc for “creating a sense of mutual confidence and stability” among the countries of the East African region.
Concar commended the EAC Secretariat for the good work that has led to the attainment of several achievements and assured the Secretary General of his country's commitment to continue supporting the integration process.
The British envoy, who pledged the United Kingdom’s continued support to the EAC, believes the bloc has an important role to play in promoting economic development and lifting East Africans out of poverty.
In his conversation with Chassot, Ambassador Mfumukeko commended the Swiss government for its support to the EAC and noted that all Partner States enjoy a strong relationship with Switzerland, which he observed played a significant role in promoting the integration efforts.
“This accreditation provides a new diplomatic thrust that will enhance the value of the EAC- Switzerland relationship,” he said. Ambassador Chassot hailed the Secretary General for the good work done in deepening the regional integration agenda.
He said achieving the Customs Union and the Common Market and moving towards a Monetary Union within such a short time for the Community was commendable.
He noted that the EAC had made significant achievements including promoting regional trade and infrastructure development, adding that Switzerland was keen on providing support to drive the integration process forward.