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.