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EAC remains the most integrated bloc on the continent and member states are committed to the process of integration

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The 20th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State is being held today (Friday) in Arusha, Tanzania.

According to a statement by Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development, Government of Kenya Adan Mohamed, all the EAC Partner States have confirmed attendance and will be represented at the Heads of State and Government level.

Adan says the Summit will be taking stock of the achievements made towards deepening integration in the region as well as address some of the challenges to ensure we realize our integration goals as a region.

” Intra-EAC trade continues to grow, driven mainly by the productive and manufacturing sectors.” He said.

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The CS noted that partner States have been able to invest substantially in infrastructural products that have enhanced intra-EAC connectivity, reduced the cost of doing business and reduced border administrative barriers with resultant gains to the consumers.

“The region has deepened people-to-people integration and our citizens in the region now able to move freely across the regional borders, thanks to the Common Market component of Free Movement of Persons.” He added.

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Some of the issues to be addressed at the summit include the EU-EAC Economic partnership agreement (EPA) where the variable geometry approach has been recommended, review of the non-tariff barriers between countries that have a cause of concern to some of the member states, review of decisions of previous heads of state summit especially on textiles and apparel sectors, leather sector, motor vehicle sector amongst others.

“The Financing of the growing needs for the community is also expected to be discussed given the growing budget for the community. EAC remains the most integrated bloc on the continent and member states are committed to the process of integration.” said  the CS.

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