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East African Community and Germany sign $35 million deal to support integration

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Libérat Mfumukeko
Africa   EAC Secretary General, Libérat Mfumukeko

Germany has given the East African Community (EAC) a grant of $35 million (about Rwf40 billion) to implement regional integration projects in the areas of health, regional economic integration and education.

EAC Secretary General, Libérat Mfumukeko, and the German Ambassador to the EAC, Detlef Wächter, signed the agreements in Arusha on Tuesday.

Germany's commitment includes $14.5 million for the continuation of the joint financial cooperation programme under the "Regional Network of Reference Laboratories for Communicable Diseases" and EUR 3 million for the technical cooperation programme "Pandemic preparedness in the EAC Region".

This will support the EAC's efforts in fighting communicable diseases and strengthening the community's ability to deal with pandemics, officials said.

According to a statement from the EAC secretariat, $10.7 million was committed to the continuation of the technical cooperation programme "Support to the EAC Integration Process" which aims to bolster the bloc's intra-regional trade.

The project seeks to add value in productive sectors, better market access, improved customs processes and harmonised standards.

On the other hand, $1.1 million was committed to sustain efforts to strengthen regional infrastructure.

According to the statement, another $5.5 million will be spent on the EAC scholarship programme which supports the region's master students

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