US grants $194m to EAC projects
ARUSHA, TANZANIA—THE United States government and the East African Community (EAC) last week signed $194 million Regional Development Objectives Grant agreement at the EAC headquarters in Arusha.
“By simplifying customs and border procedures, we have facilitated faster, more affordable and predictable trade. We have increased investment by facilitating the closure of more international deals, which are expanding local industries and manufacturing,” Karen Freeman, the USAID Mission Director for Kenya and East Africa said.
The money is being channeled through USAID over a five-year period towards shared development goals and deepening the partnership between the two Americans and East Africans.
“The partnership continues to expand and be strengthened through mutual development objectives and funding for programmes such as trade and investment, biodiversity, climate change, agriculture, food security, water supply and sanitation, and institutional support,” Ambassador Liberaìt Mfumukeko, the EAC Scretary General said.
According to a press release, about $30 million will fund institutional strengthening within the EAC Secretariat, while the remainder will support other development partners in their efforts to contribute to the EAC regional integration agenda.
Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy to Tanzania and US Representative to the EAC, Virginia Blaser
The money is being channeled through USAID over a five-year period towards shared development goals and deepening the partnership between the two Americans and East Africans
was in attendance.
She highlighted the tremendous value of fostering regional cooperation, saying that the US supports “governments and regional bodies such as the EAC in their collaborative efforts to unlock this region’s full potential for the benefit of its people,” she said.
Under this agreement, the EAC and the United States will work together to (i) advance regional economic integration, (ii) increase trade and investment between member states and with the United States, (iii) improve the sustainable management of natural resources in the Lake Victoria Basin and Mara River ecosystems, (iv) improve access to integrated health services in border areas and (iv) strengthen the EAC’S organizational leadership.
Ambassador Mfumukeko said the new EAC-USAID Regional Development Objective Grant Agreement (RDOAG) 2016-2021 would deepen integration, improve cross-border risk management and strengthen regional institutions leadership and learning. He added that the RDOAG would support harmonization of policies and standards, and scale up technologies and best practices in trade, investment, agriculture, energy, and environmental and natural resource management. Other areas to be supported by the agreement are climate change, gender, livelihood, population and health threats.
Also present at the ceremony were the Ms. Candace Buzzard, Deputy Director at the USAID Mission and Charles Njoroge, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation.
USAID is the focal and practical arm of the US foreign development agenda. It works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
DONE: Amb. Mfumekeko exchanges signed copies of the five-year EAC-USAID Regional Development Objective Grant Agreement with Karen Freeman (while the Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Tanzania, Virginia Blaser looks on.