The Kingdom of Norway has today accredited its Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Republic of Tanzania, Ms. Elisabeth Jacobsen, to also serve as Ambassador to the East African Community.
H.E. Jacobsen, who was accredited at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, said that there was a growing interest and knowledge about the EAC, which she noted was setting the stage for closer cooperation.
She said that Norway views the Community as an important partner especially in efforts aimed at ensuring peace and security in the region.
Amb Jacobsen commended the EAC Secretariat for the good work that has led to the attainment of several achievements, and assured the Secretary General of her country’s commitment to continue supporting the integration process.
She expressed her country’s interest towards supporting integration agenda particularly in areas such as peace and security, human rights and intra-regional trade among the EAC Partner States.
“We consider EAC as an important player in economic and political development in the region and I assure you of our continued support to the integration agenda,” said the envoy.
On his part, EAC Secretary General Amb Liberat Mfumukeko hailed the existing cordial relations between the EAC and Norway. Amb. Jacobsen welcomed the continued support from Norway saying it had enabled the Community to achieve its ambitious agenda.
Amb. Mfumukeko also shared the steady progress made by the Community in promoting integration through the four pillars as set out in the EAC Treaty, namely the: Customs Union, Common Market, Monetary Union and Political Federation, adding that the achievements attained so far were due to political goodwill among the EAC Heads of State.
Present at the accreditation ceremony were the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Executive Secretary, Mr. Said Ally Matano.