Former EAC Secretary General, Hon. Amanya Mushega, gives the keynote address at the opening of the EAC-EU-IMF Conference on EAC integration in Arusha.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Tanzania, Hon. Roeland Van de Geer addressing delegates at the EAC-EU-IMF Conference on regional integration in East Africa.
IMF African Department Director, Mr. Abebe Aemro Selassie, speaks at the opening of the EAC-EU-IMF Conference on EAC Integration in Arusha, Tanzania.
EAC Deputy Secretary General (Finance and Administration), Hon. Jesca Eriyo, making her remarks during the official opening of the EAC-EU-IMF Conference on EAC integration.
East African Community Partner States have been challenged to benchmark themselves with the world’s most advanced economies if they are to grow their economies.
Hon. Amanya Mushega, a former EAC Secretary General, said the EAC needs to revisit and do away with the standard way of judging itself by Sub-Saharan African standards.
“India, Singapore and South Africa, just to mention but a few refused to treat themselves that way. They aimed high, looked at the way the USA, Japan, Germany, UK and the USSR developed their human resources, copied them with the view to competing with them and not fellow third world countries and the results are out,” said Hon. Mushega.
“Our problem of remaining poor and beggars is not lack money or natural resources, it is our mindset. We have put the bar too low. We are not going to be competing with Gambia or Haiti but with Korea, Japan and China, first for our own EAC market and secondly, for the world market,” he added.
Hon. Mushega called for heavy investment by the Partner States in human resource development, and urged the Community to compare the number and quality of local skills with those countries that have prospered rather than the comfort zone of Sub-Saharan Africa.