The East African Community is moving fast to strengthen collaborations with development partners to boost trade, health and regional cooperation.
ChimpReports understands EAC Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko on Thursday signed a €30m agreement for support of the health sector with Hon Jorge Herrera, deputy head of mission at the Germany Embassy in Tanzania.
The German government recently committed €30 for the Immunization programme which is implemented through Gavi, the Vaccine alliance.
€13 million will be for additional support of the Regional Network of Laboratories for Communicable Diseases that aims at enabling the EAC and its Partner States to diagnose potentially epidemic diseases, monitor anti-microbial resistance quickly and reliably on the ground and to launch effective responses immediately.
Furthermore, Germany committed €3 million for the ongoing technical cooperation programme “Support to Pandemic Preparedness in the EAC-Region” which supports the EAC Secretariat in its coordinating and advisory role in pandemic preparedness for the Partner States.
Earlier this week, Mfumukeko discussed potential areas for collaboration between Japan and the EAC on trade and investment.
Mfumukeko, who had just received credentials from the Japanese Ambassador to Tanzania and EAC, Shinichi Goto, briefed the diplomat on the current achievements on the pillars of the regional integration and development process.
He said the Community had expanded tremendously within a short spell of time, a development which has necessitated the Community to review its institutional set-up.
Amb. Mfumukeko further informed the Japanese envoy on the status of the Tripartite agreement between EAC, COMESA and SADC.
Amb. Goto hailed the Secretary General for the good work in deepening the regional integration agenda.
He said achieving the Customs Union, Common Market and a Monetary Union within such a short time for the Community was commendable.