The East African Community (EAC) on Friday highlighted increased regional trade and peace as the bloc’s key priorities in steering the regional integration agenda in the next year that starts on July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.
Peter Mathuki, the EAC secretary general, said the EAC will in the coming year focus on strengthening regional governance, political commitment, and inclusivity to improve peace and security in the build-up to an EAC political confederation.
A statement by the EAC said Mathuki underscored these priorities during a virtual forum dubbed “State of the EAC Forum – SG’s 1 year in office”, seeking to share progress, achievements and challenges of the EAC in the last year, and the way forward.
Peter Mathuki said the EAC will prioritize infrastructure development and increased participation of different stakeholders such as the private sector in the regional integration process.
On the monetary union, Mathuki said four EAC member states of Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have expressed interest and submitted their applications to host the East African Monetary Institute. Enditem