The EAC Secretary General, Hon (Dr.) Peter Mathuki will hold meetings with two members of the EAC Summit, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
The meetings will mark the Secretary General’s first official engagement with the two Heads of State since he took office last month.
The Secretary General is expected to brief the Heads of State on various integration matters including progress on consolidation of the Customs Union, implementation of the Common Market and Monetary Union, and ongoing progress towards attainment of the EAC Political Federation.
Dr. Mathuki will also update the Heads of State on the progress and roadmap on the verification process of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia to join the Community and Integration of South Sudan into the EAC project and programmes.
The Secretary General will share his priority areas in the next five years, which include increased intra-EAC trade among the Partner States by at least 40 percent; and implementation of an EAC COVID-19 Response Plan on Economic Recovery including harmonization of protocols against COVID-19 in the region.
In addition, the Secretary General is expected to share his vision on how to strategically position the EAC region in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), through the removal of Non-Tariff Barriers and creation of opportunities for the private sector in the region. The private sector should be play the lead role assigned by the Treaty to anchor regional integration through strengthened markets and trade flow.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mathuki will also use the opportunity while in the two Partner States to visit EAC Institutions located in Rwanda and Uganda to familiarize himself with the Institutions and gain a deeper understanding of their contribution to the integration process as well as the challenges they face in the discharge of their mandates.