East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 6th July, 2016: France
has hailed ongoing reforms to promote more prudent use of resources
and efficiency at the East African Community Secretariat.
French Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania and the EAC, Ms.
Malika Berak, further pledged her country’s willingness to provide
support to the ongoing Inter-Burundi Dialogue.
Amb. Berak reaffirmed France’s commitment to the success of the
mediation which is aimed at promoting peace, reconciliation and
security in the Republic of Burundi. The Inter-Burundi Dialogue is
being facilitated by His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa, former
President of Tanzania with support from the EAC Secretariat.
Amb. Berak said that France as a member of the European Union knew
that regional integration initiatives were full of challenges hence
the country’s desire to work closely to promote integration in East
She described as timely and long overdue the reforms being undertaken
by the EAC Secretariat to promote fiscal efficiency and
The French Ambassador made the remarks when she paid a courtesy call
on the EAC Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, at the EAC
Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania today.
In response, Amb. Mfumukeko said the EU and France were some of the
largest contributors of financial support to the Community.
Amb. Mfumukeko said the Inter-Burundi Dialogue was well on course with
the next round of talks due to be held in Arusha, Tanzania this month.
Amb. Mfumukeko said the EAC was committed to improving in terms of
performance and delivery on its mandate of driving the integration
process forward, adding that he had dedicated his first two months in
office to putting in place reforms at the Secretariat.
“We are in the process of deep thinking, looking afresh at our
priorities, appropriate allocation of resources, our budgeting and
planning process, and seeking to learn from Brexit,” said the
He said the EAC was in the process of re-engineering itself in
addition to re-energizing its staff for purposes of increasing
productivity, adding that the Community would be receptive to ideas
from Partner States, Development Partners and all stakeholders in the
integration process on how to undertake the reforms.
Also present at the meeting were Mr. Philippe Boncour, Counsellor and
Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the French Embassy in Dar
es Salaam; Mr. Charles Njoroge, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in
charge of Political Federation, and; other senior EAC officials.