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CHINA DONATES US$200,000 TO EAC FOR INTER-BURUNDI DIALOGUE

The People’s Republic of China has donated US$200,000 to the East African Community Secretariat as part of support to the ongoing Inter-Burundi Dialogue. 

Making the announcement at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Mr. Gou Haodong, the Minister-Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania General reaffirmed China’s commitment to the success of the Burundi peace process. 

Mr. Haodong hailed the EAC for playing a leading role in facilitating the talks, adding that China would continue to support the talks until Burundi realized a genuine and lasting peace. 

Mr. Philip Wambugu, the Director of Infrastructure at the Secretariat, who received the donation on behalf of the EAC Secretary General, thanked China for its generous contributions which he said have kept the talks going. 

Mr. Wambugu said the Summit had at its 17th Extra-Ordinary Meeting held in State House Dar es Salaam on 8th September, 2016 directed the EAC Secretariat to continue mobilizing resources for the purpose of supporting the peace talks. 

Also present at the talks were First Secretary at the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Xia Riu Jiu, and Dr. James Njagu, the Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary General.

The Inter-Burundi Dialogue is being facilitated by retired Tanzanian President Benjamin William Mkapa who was appointed by the EAC Heads of State Summit at their 17th Ordinary Meeting held at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania. The Mediator is Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. 
Mr. Gou Haodong, Minister-Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Dar es Salaam, with the Director of Infrastructure at the EAC Secretariat, Mr. Philip Wambugu. On the left is the Dr. James Njagu, the Chef de Cabinet to the EAC Secretary General.
Mr. Gou Haodong, Minister-Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Dar es Salaam, with the Director of Infrastructure at the EAC Secretariat, Mr. Philip Wambugu, sign an agreement under which China is to give the EAC $200,000 to support the Burundi peace process. Looking on (standing) is Mr. Xia Riu Jiu, First Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy, and Dr. James Njagu, the CdC to the EAC Secretary General (seated left).