EAC SG Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko and his guest Antonio A.M. Cesar.

The Ambassador of Brazil to Tanzania, Antonio A.M. Cesar yesterday presented accreditation letter to the Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko to also serve as Ambassador to the East African Community (EAC), according to the latest press release says.

Amb. Cesar while presenting his credentials said his country attaches great importance to regional economic groupings such as the EAC and congratulated the EAC Secretary General for the wonderful regional initiatives.

“Count on Brazil support because the goals of the Community are excellent for the prosperity of the people in the region,” said the Brazilian envoy, adding that “regional integration initiatives take time but you need to continue so as to build a strong and powerful bloc.”

He hailed the EAC as one of the fastest growing RECs in the world and said Brazil and the Southern American Common Market (MERCOSUR) of which Brazil is a member had a lot to learn from the EAC.

While receiving the Brazilian Ambassador, Amb. Mfumukeko hailed the existing cordial relations between the EAC and Brazil. He welcomed the support from the Brazilian government geared towards enabling the economic bloc achieve its ambitious integration agenda.

Mfumukeko briefed his guest on the progress being registered by the Community so far that include implementation of Protocols on the Customs Union, Common Market, East African Monetary Union and Political Federation.

He further disclosed that the EAC Partner States had started drafting Constitution for EAC Confederation which is the model for a Political Federation that had been adopted by the Heads of State Summit.

He said EAC has close working relationships with other regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa which are all geared towards promoting the African Union’s vision of an African Economic Community.

Present at the accreditation occasion were the EAC Deputies Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Eng. Steven Mlote and Christophe Bazivamo of the Productive and Social Sector.