East African Community

05/15/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/15/2021 08:21

Secretary General concludes first phase of visits to EAC Institutions

Secretary General concludes first phase of visits to EAC Institutions

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East African Community, Kampala, 15th May, 2021: The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Hon (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, concluded the first phase of visits to the EAC Institutions in the Republics Rwanda and Uganda over the weekend.

The visits, which started on the 7th May, 2021, covered the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) in Kigali, Rwanda, the Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) in Kampala; and the Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA) in Entebbe, Uganda.

The purpose of the visits was for the Secretary General to familiarize himself with the institutions and understand their contribution to the integration process and the challenges they face in discharging of their mandates.

The second phase of the visit will cover the East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC) based in Bujumbura, Burundi; Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) headquarters in Kisumu, Kenya; The East African Kiswahili Commission (EAKC) based in Zanzibar and Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization in Jinja, Uganda.

At EASTECO, the EAC Secretary General, called on the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) to invest more on innovation and creativity in their programmes that bring the vision of a fully integrated and developed EAC closer to reality.

At IUCEA, the Secretary General met the Executive Secretary, Prof Gaspard Banyankimbona, and got briefs on the key achievements and challenges of the Institution.

Dr. Mathuki concluded his tour by visiting the CASSOA headquarters. The Executive Director, Mr. Emile Nguza Arao, briefed the Secretary General on the institution's status and disclosed to him that CASSOA was voted by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as the second-best safety and security agency in the world out of 17 organizations among other milestones.

The Secretary General urged all EAC institutions to uphold teamwork and ensure that they live-up to the expectations of the people in bringing solutions in their respective areas. He also emphasised to all institutions the need to focus on implementing their priorities as set out in the EAC's 6th Development Strategy.

For more information, please contact:

Simon Peter Owaka
Senior Public Relations Officer
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 768 552087
Email: sowaka [at] eachq.org

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The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of six Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

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