Development Partners Express Renewed Confidence in EAC

East African Community Secretariat; Arusha, Tanzania; December 12, 2016 – A High Level Dialogue between the officials of the East African Community and the Development Partners concluded on 6th December 2016, in Dar es salaam, Tanzania, with the Development Partners commending the Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko for his outstanding work and commitment in enhancing efficiency of EAC processes and procedures through introduction of reforms.

At the dialogue, held at the official residence of the Norwegian Ambassador to United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Hanne-Marie Kaarstad, the Development Partners expressed renewed confidence in EAC with UK, Canada, France and Turkey committing to resume contributions to the EAC through the Partnership Fund in the next financial year.

The Secretary General was accompanied by Hon. Christophe Bavizamo, Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors; Hon. Jesca Eriyo, the Deputy Secretary General in charge of Finance and Administration; and other Senior Officers from the EAC Secretariat.

Prior to the dialogue, the Secretary General met and held discussions with H.E. Hanne-Marie Kaarstad, the Norwegian Ambassador, who is also the Chair of the Partnership Fund High Level Committee. Their discussions revolved around the future of the Partnership Fund including the succession of the Partnership Fund Chairmanship and recruitment of a dedicated Manager for the Fund. She expressed her appreciation for the outstanding work the Secretary General had exhibited since he took over the leadership of the Community. H.E. Hanne-Marie has been the Chair of the Committee for the last 3 years and will be completing her term on 31st December 2016.

On the same day, the Secretary General held a series of meetings with several Development Partners in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to update them on the regional integration agenda and discuss possibilities of further collaboration.

EAC – EU cooperation

The Secretary General met the Head of European Delegation to United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Amb. Roeland van de Geer to discuss the EAC – EU cooperation, specifically the implementation of Euro 85 Million allocated under EDF 11.

EAC-Turkish Cooperation

The Secretary General met H.E. Yasemin Eralp, the Turkish Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania. During the meeting, the Secretary General urged the Turkish government to consider identifying areas of potential cooperation with EAC. The Turkish Ambassador on her part expressed her Government’s interest to contribute to the Partnership Fund, and collaborate with EAC in areas of Trade, Investment, and Agriculture.

EAC- Germany Cooperation

The Secretary General and H.E. Egon Kochanke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Republic of Tanzania, signed a EURO 7 Million with the Federal Republic of Germany to support Pandemic Preparedness in the EAC Region and the establishment of an Academic Center for Digital Innovation in East Africa. This is the second Agreement between EAC and the Government of Germany this financial year. On 23rd November EAC signed a EURO 40 Million agreement with the Federal Republic of Germany and KfW Development Bank to support immunization programmes in the EAC and operations of the Regional Laboratory Network for Communicable Diseases.

EAC-China Cooperation

The Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko met the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Tanzania, H.E. Dr. Lu Youqing. During the meeting, the Secretary General appreciated the contribution by the Chinese Government to the ongoing Inter-Burundi Dialogue. He acknowledged receipt of US$ 200,000 in the EAC Secretariat’s accounts as support to the Office of the Facilitator of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue. The Chinese Ambassador reiterated his Government’s commitment to supporting EAC in the investment, Industry and Environment and Wildlife Conservation. The People’s Republic of China also expressed interest to enter into a unilateral Free Trade Area Agreement with EAC and it was ready to commence discussions with the EAC towards this end.
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Arusha, Tanzania

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Amb. Mohamed Outlines Her Vision for African Union Commission

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 10, 2016 – “My vision for the African Union Commission is simple: to be an institution that drives the African Agenda. I plan to lead a team that builds an Institution that serves our people – our youth, our women, our businesses, our artists, our nations.

“To do so, we need to collaborate rather than compete. Collaborate economically to drive intra-African trade and politically to resolve common development and security challenges. Internationally, we have an obligation to ensure that our collective African voice is heard and strongly represented in the international arena.”

The African Union, through its African Union Leadership Academy (AULA) on Dcember 9, 2016, convened the first ever leadership debate for candidates contesting for the position of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission to highlight how they will implement their policies if elected come end of January 2017.

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr. Amina Mohamed who is fronted by the Kenya Government and the larger Eastern Africa, was part of this landmark debate and focused her discussion on agenda for Africa particularly with regards to African youth, implementation of the 2063 African agenda, gender equality, trade development and peace and security.

Highlighting Dr. Amina Mohamed’s suitability for the position, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has previously commented:

“Given her track record, I am confident that Dr. Amina Mohamed will serve our Continent with the requisite professionalism, intellect, skill, integrity, passion and commitment. I have no doubt that her international experience and exposure will be an invaluable asset in driving African Commission in the achievement of Africa`s immense potential.”

The debate was streamed live on the African Union website and was broadcast live across various national broadcasters throughout the continent and beyond. The debate also elicited huge social media conversations across Africa trending for more than five hours on Twitter with the hashtag #Amina4AU.

The other four candidates vying for the same post are: Botswana’s Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson – Moitoi, Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat, Equitorial Guinea’s Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy and Senegal’s Bathily Abdoulaye who is the special UN envoy for Central Africa.

The debate took place in the context of the series “Africa Leadership Debates”, dubbed MjadalaAfrika, which is a platform for key stakeholders in various aspects of society to discuss the various opportunities that can be harnessed to ensure Africa achieves its goals for integrated and sustainable development and transforming the continent to become a major player in the global arena.

Amb. Mohamed has had a distinguished career in public service spanning over 29 years and covering a broad spectrum of domestic and international assignments including restructuring the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has demonstrated her leadership and diplomatic capabilities time and time again in different capacities.

Through her expertise she has been able to re-position Kenya in the international arena, and she hopes to do the same for the continent. She has also been influential in promoting Africa’s agenda in multi-lateral fora including successfully chairing the World Trade Organization’s 10th Ministerial Conference hosted in Nairobi.

She continues to champion for Africa’s voice to be heard within the United Nations System through the proposed United Nations Security Council reforms, with Kenya as a member of the AU Committee of Ten on the Security Council reforms.

Amb. Mohamed was recently honoured by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as one of the four UNDP Champions for the year 2016.

Amb. Mohamed holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Kiev and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters from KCA University and Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Moi University. She is fluent in English, Russian and Swahili and has a working knowledge of French.

Foreign Affairs CS’ Calls for More Intra-Africa Trade

Sunday December 4, 2016 (MFA Press) – African countries must work at having a border-less continent to allow for increased movement of people and goods and hence more trade, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed has said.

Speaking during the First African Investment and Business Forum, at the weekend in Algiers, CS Mohamed said African countries have to strike a balance between sovereignty and economic growth.

“We must deepen our own integration and not clink to sovereignty for sovereignty sake to close our borders,” Amb. Mohamed told the Algiers gathering.

She said the burning desire to forge deeper African integration was clear in our peoples’ resolve to succeed together, and to create a better future for all Africans, where no-one is left behind.

She decried the miserly intra-African Trade which currently stands at slightly over 10 per cent in comparison to North America and Western Europe whose intra-regional trade is at 40 per cent and 63 per cent respectively, as needing serious attention if Africa is to grow its economy.

She said Africa can rapidly increase intra-African trade and investment by; advancing infrastructure and seamless connectivity through air, road, rail and water, enacting policies that allow free movement of labour and goods across the continent and enabling dissemination of information and ideas to foster innovation and investment.

“To move forward, we need to make sacrifices. We have put in place cross border initiatives to ensure that formal and informal trade is fully facilitated and registered,” the CS said.

CS Mohamed hailed Algeria for hosting the very first African Investment and Business forum saying this was a reflection of collective responsibility and commitment to realise Africa’s full potential.

The theme: “Together for New Dynamics”, she said was a representative of our continuing consultation, cooperation and coordination towards the successful implementation of Africa’s blueprint – Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.

She said traditional state policy and national governance modelled on a ‘Top-Down’ approach has been insufficient to address Africa’s requirements. Partnership between public and non-public institutions, especially private sector engagement has proved a vital component of Africa’s emergence as a global economic force.

She said the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) which brings together the East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Southern Africa Development Cooperation (SADC) comprising of 26 countries with a population of 600 million and a GDP of USD 624 billion was one idea that was bound to fast track Africa’s economic growth.

CS Mohamed called on Africa governments to exploit the demographic dividend profited by the youth and loop them with the women of the continent in political, financial and economic affairs. This she said is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do.

 

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Senegal, Kenya Agree Leadership at AUC Critical for Africa’s Development

December 5, 2016 — Amb. Amina Mohamed represented President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 3rd International Forum on Peace and Security hosted by H.E Macky Sall, President of Senegal. Kenya has been at the forefront in fostering peace and stability in Africa. The forum was an opportunity to take stock of the milestones achieved in silencing the guns and building resilient, conflict-free States and communities in Africa. It is aligned to Kenya’s priority during its tenure as a co-chair to the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, to focus on prevention of conflicts.

Amb. Amina later had a bilateral meeting with President Macky Sall and reaffirmed the cordial relations between Kenya and Senegal.  They both agreed on the importance of electing a Chairperson of the African Union Commission in the January 2017 Summit in Addis Ababa that is committed to African ideals.  The position was not filled during the Kigali Summit in July, 2016 following lack of consensus among African leaders. The Chairperson is a critical component of the leadership necessary to continue the successful implementation of Agenda 2063.

 

Amb. Amina Mohamed pays courtesy call on African Development Bank President  

Abidjan December 6, 2016 — Amb. Amina Mohamed on December 6, 2016 met with the President of Africa Development Bank (AfDB) Dr. Adesina Akinwumi at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She shared her Vision for the African Union Commission. Amb. Mohamed stopped over in Abidjan en route to Nairobi from Dakar, Senegal where she represented President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security.

Amb Mohamed acknowledged the crucial role of the AfDB in the implementation of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the need to synergise the Bank’s priorities – ‘High 5’s,’ with those outlined under Agenda 2063.

Amb. Amina’s vision for the AUC centralises the need for cooperation, consolidation and coordination between various organs of the African Union, development agencies such as AfDB and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), national governments and the people of Africa to steer ‘people-centred’ economic transformation.

‘Africa is Destined to Realise its Full Potential’

STATEMENT BY AMB. AMINA MOHAMED TO CABINET SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS DURING THE LAUNCH OF HER CANDIDATURE FOR ELECTION TO THE POSITION OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION  IN ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA,  NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Honourable Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Trade present

The Chairperson of the Permanent Representatives Committee, Amb.Cherif Mahamat Zene;

Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, Amb. Jacques-Alfred Ndoumbe –Eboule;

African Union Commissioners,

Excellencies Ambassadors,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

 I thank you for honouring our invitation to share on issues pertinent to our continent. I convey to you greetings and well wishes from my President H.E Uhuru Kenyatta.

I wish to salute the Permanent Representatives Committee and sincerely appreciate the important work you continue to undertake as you represent your Governments at the African Union.

The Continent is at a critical moment of identifying a suitable team to assume leadership of the African Union Commission and to drive our collective vision for Africa. It is therefore my distinct pleasure, tonight, with the endorsement of the Eastern African Region to launch my candidature for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission and hereby humbly ask for your vote.

Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege to reach out to most of your capitals. H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Deputy President H.E. William Ruto together with a number of Cabinet Secretaries have delivered messages about my candidature across the continent. All our delegations have been received very warmly indeed.  On behalf of the Government and people of Kenya, and on my own behalf, I sincerely thank you for your support. We still have several countries to visit and we will appreciate your assistance to facilitate appointments.

My candidature is premised on the firm conviction that Africa is destined to realize its full potential informed by our forefathers’ foresight in establishing the Organization of African Unity. It was an act of courage delivered through great vision; promising to mold our destiny, in a better, freer, united and more prosperous form constructed on the foundation of shared values and principles. Among these shared values is the principle of respect of sovereignty, territorial integrity and self-determination of the African countries and peoples. These are non-negotiable values and principles, which must be upheld in accordance with the decisions of the African Union Summit.

It is on the basis of these shared values that I wish to pay tribute to H.E.  President Mohamed Abdelaziz for his struggle for self-determination of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. He honoured us during the 50th anniversary of our Independence and we stand with the values that he held so dearly.

Upon assuming office in 2013, in Kenya, we re-established the Embassy of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in Nairobi and have since embarked on deepening our bilateral relations. Indeed I am scheduled to visit the Republic soon.

Our proud organization, the African Union operates on the basis of established rules, regulations and procedures, that clearly define who we are, what we do and how to do it. Interactions amongst ourselves and with others are informed by this understanding.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In the last four years, we have worked together on a common vision and shared conviction that we have a pressing duty to the African people to eradicate poverty and to position our countries collectively – on the path of sustainable growth and development, to achieve greater integration, to make a mark on the global arena, sustain the path of greater peace and stability and to build a strong and effective institutional framework.

This has been a great journey. We cherish the gains we continue to make towards promoting and creating a sense of awareness of shared values and the adoption of Africa’s development blueprint, Agenda 2063. I had the privilege to participate in the development of it’s Ten Year Implementation Plan.

My vision for the Commission is that of a Secretariat that will utilize the current momentum to secure Africa’s rightful place in the Community of Nations, within a reformed United Nations. To fulfill this, I envision a continent united in both values and outlook, and whose transformation is decisive and inclusive.

Our transformational Agenda as I mentioned earlier is laid out in Agenda 2063. To keep this focus, my initial role will be to implement the First Ten Year Implementation Plan. As our ancestors instructed, “the worlds of the elders do not lock all doors, they leave the right door open.”

In this regard, we have the responsibility to walk through the right door and do the right things by encouraging all AU Member States to align their National Development Plans and Policies to continent’s vision. The Promise of Agenda 2063 will only become tangible through positive change to the lives and welfare of the African people and in our countries’ improved global development indices.

To successfully deliver the First Ten Year Implementation Plan 2014 – 2023, it is fundamental to reinforce the confidence of our people in our capacity to manage Africa’s cultural endowments, diversity and natural resources. Consolidating these gains to realize Africa’s full potential requires strategic and visionary leadership from the person elected as the next chairperson of the African Union Commission.

If granted the opportunity to serve in that capacity, my priorities include:

  1. Working with the elected Commissioners and staff of the Commission to enhance the effectiveness, professionalism and efficiency in the implementation of decisions of member states. This will of necessity entail working with member states to ensure that the Commission has the requisite tools, skills and resources to effectively discharge mandates assigned by member states.
  2. Re-invigorate the momentum for continental integration by championing infrastructural development, boosting intra-Africa trade through making Continental Free Trade Area a reality, and promoting free movement of people and goods.
  • Diversification of the African economies through the process of agricultural modernization, industrialization, value addition and beneficiation. By moving up the value chain, Africa would gain more from the vast natural resources that our continent is well endowed with.
  1. Tapping into the demographic dividend of our young continent by scaling up investment in education, skills development, innovation and job creation. This will require creating strategic partnerships with the private sector.
  2. Addressing gender inequalities and lowering barriers to women’s participation in productive activities so as to enhance their contribution to Africa’s transformation and socio-economic processes;
  3. Enhancing the engagement between the AUC and the African Diaspora to incentivize them to contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2063 and their participation in the social economic development of the African continent.

The task ahead of us is well cut out. This will require the concerted efforts of all us, member states, AU Commission, AU Organs, Continental Organizations, our Regional Economic Commissions, and all other stakeholders including our partners. The Commission’s biggest role will be to harness the commitment and active engagement of all these actors. Here in Addis Ababa, it is critically important that the Commission effectively works with the PRC. The AUC and the PRC are like two sides of the same coin, inseparable and inextricably intertwined. Working together, these two organs of our Union can make a significant contribution in the realization of our Vision.

Africa needs us to believe in our capacity to deliver the best for our citizens. With your support, I am ready to play my part and I therefore come to you with deep humility I again ask for your vote. I count on you.

I promise to serve with zeal, dedication and passion for the attainment of the Africa that we want – “an integrated and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”

Long live Africa and thank you for your kind attention.