EAC applaud Burundi on peace, security and development

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By Robert Mugabe

BUJUMBURA-BURUNDI-Addressing the official opening of the Ministerial session this afternoon, expressed the Council’s delight with the enormous development taking place in the Republic of Burundi as a result of the prevailing peace and security under the ample leadership of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

“We are seeing a lot of construction works and commercial activities going on in Bujumbura and I am informed that the numbers of citizens from the other EAC Partner States visiting Burundi to explore business and other related opportunities are soaring day by day,” noted Sirma.

most businesses were now branding themselves EAC and the visibility of Community in Burundi had picked up greatly as a result of the government directive to all government and administrative offices to host the EAC flag alongside the national flag.

“This is very commendable and I applaud my colleague, the Minister in the Office of the Presidency in charge of EAC Affairs of the Republic of Burundi Hon. Leontine Nzeyimana for this commendable work and her dedication to the EAC integration,” affirmed the Council Chairperson.

The Chairperson informed the delegates that several milestones in the EAC integration and development process were being recorded each passing day and “we expect to see and realize more tangible benefits of the integration to our people in the coming years”.

Earlier, while addressing members of the Council the Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera was gratified to note that the people and Government of the Republic of Burundi were making remarkable progress in the socio-economic and stability of the country. He said the fruits of Burundi joining the Community were quite evident.

“We all know that such developments are founded in an atmosphere that is tranquil and I am happy to note that the Burundi leadership and the Burundi people are committed to making their country a peace haven,” siad Amb. Richard Sezibera.

Head of states summit on infrastructure

The Secretary General informed the Council that the Heads of State remain seized of the need for an expedited process on the development of enabling infrastructure and were concerned with the slow pace of the implementation of the regionally agreed infrastructure projects and programmes particularly those in railways, ports and energy.

This comes after EAC summit last year had agreed to hold a Retreat focused on infrastructure development and financing as a follow up to the 1st Strategic Retreat of the Heads of State that was held in Kigali, Rwanda in June 2008, focused on infrastructure development in the region.

This retreat, which will be held in November 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, will be targeting flagship priority projects in the railways, ports and energy sub sectors, the challenges hampering faster realization of these projects, the possibilities of engagement with the private sector in the development of these projects, the enhanced collaboration with the development partners and capacity of the region to coordinate the implementation of the target priority projects.

At the 25th Council meeting, the current Chair of the EAC Audit Commission and the State General Inspector of the Republic of Burundi Mr. Stany Nimpa Garitse submitted the audited accounts for the EAC Organs and Institutions for the Financial Year 2010/2011 to the Council for consideration and subsequent transmission to the East African Legislative Assembly.

Hon. Samuel Sitta, Minister of East African Cooperation led the ministerial delegation from the United Republic of Tanzania; Hon. Amelia Kyambadde Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives led the Ugandan delegation; Hon. Monique Mukaruliza Minister of EAC Affairs led the Rwandan delegation; Minister in the Office of the Presidency in charge of EAC Affairs Hon. Leontine Nzeyimana was in charge of the Burundi delegation; while Hon. Dr. Oburu Odinga the Assistant Minister for Finance led the Kenyan delegation.

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