The Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, today received credentials from the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E Ambassador Paul Sherlock, who has also been accredited to the EAC.
In the Ambassador’s accreditation letter dated 30th August, 2016 addressed to the Secretary General of the EAC, the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Charles Flanagan, appoints Amb. Paul Sherlock as the Irish representative to the EAC.
The Secretary General warmly welcomed Amb. Sherlock to the EAC and briefed him on the current achievements in the pillars of the regional integration and development process. He said the Community had expanded tremendously within a short spell of time, which has necessitated the Community to review its institutional set-up and work on sustainable financing mechanism.
Amb. Mfumukeko further informed his guest of the reforms he had instituted within the Organs and Institutions of the Community aimed at cost cutting and prudent financial management.
In his remarks, Amb. Sherlock hailed the Secretary General for the good work he and his team were doing in deepening the regional integration agenda. He said achieving the Customs Union and the Common Market and moving towards a Monetary Union within such a short time for the Community was commendable
Amb. Mfumukeko and the Irish envoy discussed several issues including the status of the EAC-EU Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and the Inter-Burundi Dialogue. They also explored areas of collaboration in trade and investment, agro-processing, tourism and ICT.
The Secretary General informed Amb. Sherlock that the EAC Secretariat was ready to mobilize and send an EAC Mission to Ireland to meet the Irish Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tourism and Investment Agencies, and other stakeholders to concretize the specific areas of cooperation.
Also present at the accreditation ceremony were Mr. Robert Hull, the Second Secretary at the Embassy of Ireland in Dar es Salaam, Deputy Secretaries General Mr. Charles Njoroge (Political Federation) and Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, and other senior officials at the EAC Secretariat.
East African Community Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko (right) holds talks with the Irish Ambassador to Tanzania and the EAC, H.E. Paul Sherlock, at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The two leaders discussed various issues including the status of the EAC-EU Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and the Inter-Burundi Dialogue.
EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko (left) with the Irish Ambassador to Tanzania and the EAC, H.E. Paul Sherlock, after they held bilateral talks at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. They explored areas of collaboration in trade, investment, agro-processing, tourism and ICT.