President Uhuru Kenyatta will focus on strengthening partnerships to enhance intra-EAC connectivity and ensure sustainable implementation of projects and programmes as the EAC chairman.
Speaking on Saturday during the 21st Ordinary Summit that was held virtually, President Kenyatta committed to ensuring a more united and prosperous East African Community.
Uhuru said he will spare no effort towards the realisation of the shared aspirations that gave rebirth to the community 20 years ago.
“Thank you for showing confidence, faith and trust in me. I promise to do all I can to take our region to greater heights,” the President said.
He took over the chairmanship from Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.
“It is desirable that the objectives of the Customs Union, Common Market and Monetary Union; and easier cross-border movement of goods, people and services be realised,” President Kenyatta said.
He emphasised the need for partner states to harmonize their commitment on free movement of people, workers and services as envisaged in the region’s common market protocol.
In this regard, President Kenyatta announced Kenya’s decision to remove visa requirement for South Sudanese nationals visiting the country as an act of reciprocity.
During the summit, Dr Peter Mathuki of Kenya was sworn in as the new EAC Secretary General for a five-year non-renewable term with effect from April 25, 2021. Dr Mathuki took over from Amb Libérat Mfumukeko of Burundi whose term is ending.
The summit, chaired by President Kenyatta, also witnessed the appointment of six new Judges of the East African Court of Justice, including Kenya’s Justice Kathurima M’inoti who joins the Appellate Division of the EA Court of Justice.