The new EAC Secretary General is set to meet presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
According to a statement by the EAC Secretariat, the meetings will mark Secretary General Peter Mathuki’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,” the statement dated May 5 said in part.
SG Mathuki will also update the leaders on the progress and roadmap on the verification process of DR Congo and Somalia to join the community.
He will also give an update on the 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 per cent; and implementation of an EAC COVID-19 Response Plan on Economic Recovery including harmonization of protocols against Covid-19 in the region,” the secretariat said.
In addition, Mathuki 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.
Mathuki will also use the opportunity to visit EAC Institutions located in Rwanda and Uganda to familiarize himself with them.
In this regard, he is expected to visit the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO), in Rwanda; the Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA); and the Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA) in Uganda.
He wil be accompanied by EALA Speaker Martin Ngog; Judge President of East African Court of Justice, Justice Nestor Kayobera; Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sector, Christophe Bazivamo; and Counsel to the Community Dr. Anthony Kafumbe.