East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, June 28 2016:
The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United
Republic of Tanzania, and also accredited to the EAC bloc, H.E. Lû
Youqing today paid a courtesy call to Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, the
Secretary General of the East African Community. The Secretary General
and his guest discussed among other things the possible areas of
cooperation and the need to organize investment conferences to China
led by the East African Business Council.
Amb. Liberat recognized the significance of China in EAC noting that
China is 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 at enhancing trade in the
The Secretary General thanked China for her contribution towards the
Burundi Dialogue Process and invited China to contribute to other
projects and programmes, through the EAC Partnership Fund.
On his part, H.E. Lû Youqing, recognized the remarkable progress that
EAC had made. He expressed China’s growing interest in augmenting its
cooperation with EAC, specifically the China/EAC/FTA Cooperation,
noting that it would positively impact EAC products going to China
market especially agricultural products.
The Ambassador re-affirmed China’s commitment to support Integration
interconnections i.e. Railway, Airlines and Industrialization and
stressed the need to fast track the signing of the MoU on China/EAC
He informed the Secretary General that China was finalizing the
process of donating vehicles to EAC to enhance its capacity. The
Chinese envoy further expressed hope that the Secretary General would
continue the strong cooperation with China.