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Welcome to 2016. I do not know where old years retire to, but 2015 is now retired PDF Print E-mail
Written by Aileen Mallya   
Friday, 01 January 2016 08:11


To All Staff and Partners in East African Community Integration:

Welcome to 2016. I do not know where old years retire to, but 2015 is now retired. As we usher in the New Year, a prayer for our brothers and sisters in Burundi, for whom 2015 has been particularly challenging. I can only hope that 2016 will be a year of peace, stability, and prosperity for them.  The Community will certainly continue to accompany them in this quest for a return to full normality.

2015 has been a challenging year for Integration. In the aftermath of the Immigration crisis in Europe, questions are being asked of open borders and open markets. The rules based global trade regime under the World Trade Organization is under stress. The slowing down of Growth in Emerging markets, particularly the BRICS countries, with the concomitant fall in commodity prices continues to put pressure on Government budgets across Africa, affecting, in many ways, East African Countries.

Condolence Message on the Tragic and Untimely Death of General Aronda Nyakairima PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 September 2015 09:37

It is with great shock that I have received the sad news of the tragic and untimely death of the former Chief of Defence Forces and Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, the late General Aronda Nyakairima, which occurred on a flight aboard an Emirates plane over the weekend, while returning from Seoul, South Korea where he had led a government delegation to explore acquisition of equipment for the National Identity Card Project.

On behalf of the East African Community and on my own behalf, I convey my heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency, and through you, to: the entire bereaved family, relatives, friends and colleagues of the late General Aronda Nyakairima; the Government and the People of Uganda.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 09:38
Change Towards Efficiency and Effectiveness PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2015 22:58


In 2013, The EAC Heads of State launched a System to facilitate Customs Connectivity in our Region. Today, they launched a Telepresence Video Conferencing System for the Community. What I said then is as true for the system they launched then, as the one they launched today.

Our Heads of State did not launch a piece of technology. After all, technological advances in the last few years are allowing major neuro-surgery by doctors to be performed thousands of kilometers from their patients. These advances allow humanity to explore the outer regions of our Universe.

No, what they launched then, and what they launched today, is not technology- it is a new way of doing business. It is about accelerating the East African integration agenda, through faster, smarter, more cost effective, methods. It is about a mindset for the future.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 10:05
2014 has been exciting and rewarding, 2015 is pregnant with promise PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 January 2015 05:41


At the end of 2014, I crossed the Rwanda Ugandan border using my National Identity card. Every time I do so, I am thankful for all the hard work that you all put in, in the kitchen of integration, to make sure that the people of East Africa get the benefits they deserve.

2014 is gone, and 2015 is upon us!  We have come a long way, between yesterday and today - and we have a very long way to go! 2014 has left East Africa with an increasingly functional Single Customs Territory. I thank all involved, from Revenue Authority Officials, clearing and forwarding agents, and everybody in between, who have made this critical milestone in our integration agenda possible.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 08:03
Letter from the future to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, with whom it all began PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 November 2014 07:32


Shikamoo Mwalimu. Next week, the Summit of Heads of State of the East African Community will take place in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Community is currently chaired by Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. Yes sir, you may share this news with Mzee Kenyatta and Mzee Milton Obote when you see them. The East African Community did not die permanently in 1977; it has been resurrected and is thriving.

I am writing to seek your wisdom and blessings. You see, when the Summit meets, they will be deliberating, among other things, on the best way to start a constitution-making process for the Federation of East Africa! Yes, the debate is back.

You remember those many years ago, in 1963, when you offered to delay Tanganyika’s Independence to give chance to East Africa to get its Independence as a federal entity?

You feared that entrenched sovereignty and the trappings of national authority would blind us to the strategic imperatives of building a united East Africa capable of harnessing all its resources for the socio-economic development of its citizens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 08:02

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