The Germany Ambassador to Tanzania who is also accredited to the EAC Egon Kochanke, has paid a courtesy call to the Secretary General of the East African Community Liberat Mfumukeko.
The Secretary General and his guest discussed a wide range of issues geared towards deepening cooperation between Germany and the East African Community.
During the discussions, Mr Mfumukeko thanked the German government for its support to the EAC since the re-establishment of the Cooperation between the three founding EAC Partner States to the present, when the Community has expanded to include the republics of Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
‘’We have truly benefited from the German support which has catalyzed other Development Partners to support our projects and programmes,” Mr Mfumkeko said.
The SG also briefed the envoy on the Burundi peace process, noting that the troubled country has made substantial progress in establishing and maintaining peace and stability, and urged regional and international stakeholders to actively engage in the attainment of these objectives.
He also briefed the envoy on the accession of South Sudan, noting that the new entrant had been given six months to complete the ratification process of the Accession Treaty signed on April 15, after which the country will be a full member of the EAC.
On his part Ambassador Kochanke congratulated Mr Mfumukeko on his appointment, noted the progress in the EAC integration process and re-affirmed his country’s continued support to the EAC Project and programmes.
‘’We are very happy with our relationship with EAC and I am looking forward to a strong partnership in the development of the regional bloc’’, the Ambassador said.
The meeting was attended by the EAC Deputies Secretary General in charge Planning and Infrastructure, Dr Enos Bukuku, and that of Political Federation, Mr Charles Njoroge, and other officials from the EAC Secretariat.