CHINA RE-AFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT EAST AFRICAN INTEGRATION

China has re-affirmed its commitment towards supporting the East African Community (EAC) in it Integration inter-connections in railways, airlines and industrialization.

Lu Youqing, the Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania to and to the EAC, made the remarks in Arusha, Tanzania, when he paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Liberat Mfumukeko, the Secretary-General of the EAC, on Tuesday.

The Chinese envoy stressed the need for the trading bloc to fast-track the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on China-EAC Aviation Co-operation.

Lu expressed China’s growing interest in augmenting its co-operation with the EAC, specifically the China-EAC Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Co-operation, noting that it would positively impact on EAC products going to the Chinese market, especially agricultural products.

He informed the Secretary-General that China was finalizing the process of donating vehicles to the EAC to enhance its capacity. The Chinese envoy further expressed the hope that the Secretary-General would continue the strong co-operation with China.

During the visit, Mfumukeko and Lu discussed, among other things, the possible areas of co-operation and the need to organize investment conferences in China led by the East African Business Council.

The Secretary-General recognized the significance of China in the EAC, noting that China was a potentially big partner for the bloc. He acknowledged the contribution made by China in the infrastructure sector, particularly rails, roads and air transport geared towards enhancing trade in the region.

He thanked China for its contribution towards the Burundi Dialogue Process and invited China to contribute to other projects and programmes, through the EAC Partnership Fund.

Source: Nam New Network