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Yalla calls for programmes to speed EAC integration

11 August 2014, 18:11

Nairobi - Director of Political Affairs in the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Alice Yalla, argued sustainable security arrangements are required to complement efforts to depend integration in the East African Community (EAC).

She was speaking during the Joint Meeting of the Sectoral Committees on Cooperation in Defence, Interstate Security and Foreign Policy Coordination in Arusha, Tanzania.

“The proposed Peace and Security Council had been on agenda for the last three years and it was important for the delegates to propose solid recommendations for consideration by the next level,” noted Yalla.

The Arusha, meeting which has just been concluded, was convened to consider the Concept Paper on the proposal to vary the mandate of the proposed EAC Peace and Security Council.

The paper is expected be tabled at the end of the month during the meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers.

The event will run from August 25-29 in Arusha.

Senior Officials drawn from the Ministries responsible for EAC Affairs, Defence, Home/Internal Affairs/Security and Foreign Affairs of the Partner States attended the just-ended meeting.

Addressing the delegates, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Charles Njoroge, recounted the previous decisions and attempts to establish an EAC Peace and Security Council.

He appealed to delegates to come up with a workable and practical proposal that mirrored the commitment to regional security, taking into account the need to accommodate the need for broader coordinated and approximated continental infrastructure.

  – CAJ 




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