China, Sudan, Australia Accredit Envoys To East African Community

ARUSHA, Tanzania, March 29, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Ambassadors of the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Sudan and the Australian Government to the United Republic of Tanzania today presented letters of credence appointing them as their countries’ representatives to the East African Community.

The Chinese Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary to Tanzania H.E Mr. Lv Youqing, was the first to present his letter of accreditation to the EAC Secretary General Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera appointing him as his country’s envoy to the bloc.

Amb. Sezibera warmly welcomed the Chinese envoy to the Community and said that China was a very important partner to the EAC and vowed to strengthen this partnership during H.E Mr. Youqing’s tenure.

The Chinese Ambassador noted that the EAC was full of hope and the Secretariat was playing a commendable role in promoting regional cooperation and integration. He said regional economic communities such as EAC were playing an active role in promoting common markets and economic development. He said EAC was unique in that the region enjoys economic, social and political stability and was laying a solid foundation to remove non tariff barriers to trade and development.

He said Partner States had good relationship among themselves and had developed a strong bond, trust and confidence which was very good for regional integration.

Amb. Youqing informed the Secretary General that China’s market was totally open for products from the EAC Partner States and China was ready to support EAC improve its investment environment and policies and to attract Chinese investors to the Community.

Sudanese Envoy

The Sudanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Dr. Yassir Mohamed Ali was the second to present his accreditation to the EAC Secretary General. In the accreditation letter signed by Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ali Ahmed Karti, H.E. Dr. Yassir Mohamed Ali is appointed as Sudanese Permanent Representative to the East African Community.

The Secretary General congratulated H.E. Dr. Yassir Mohamed Ali upon his appointment and affirmed his support and cooperation during his tenure. Amb. Sezibera hailed the government of Sudan for the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of the Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement that subsequently led to the birth of the Republic of South Sudan.

Australian Envoy

H.E. Ambassador Geoffrey Tooth, the Australian High Commissioner to the United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the newly established Republic of South Sudan was the third to present his accreditation letter to Amb. Sezibera as Australia’s representative to the EAC.

Amb. Tooth informed the Secretary General that the Australian Government was interested in building a stronger relationship with the regional bloc. He said Australia was already enjoying strong relationships with the EAC Partner States and the country considered EAC an increasingly important player in advancing shared regional interests, including economic integration and development.

Amb. Tooth, who is also the Ambassador-designate to the Somali Republic, informed the Secretary General that his government was much willing to share its experience in agriculture and dry lands areas. He said EAC had strong leaders with strong visions and Australia was willing to be a strong partner in the development of the regional bloc.

Amb. Sezibera briefed the Australian envoy on the developments in the integration process. He said this year the Community intends to move towards a single customs territory; implement the Common Market Protocol; focus on infrastructure development especially on energy, rails and roads; and conclude the Protocol on the East African Monetary Union.

The Secretary General called upon Australia to consider supporting the EAC in the energy sector, climate change and water sectors as well as food security. He said the Community was also looking for partners for maritime transport on the vast waters of the region especially on Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika.

Executive Director of the African Development Bank/Fund 

Later Amb. Sezibera held talks with the Executive Director of the African Development Bank/Fund (AFDB), Mrs. Mary C. Muduuli who called on him at his office. The talks centred on the AFDB-EAC partnership.



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