German leader urges E. Africa to copy EU integration

German President Joachim Gauck on Thursday urged East African countries not to be discouraged by setbacks and criticisms in their ongoing East African Community (EAC) integration process.

“EAC partner states should borrow a leaf from the European Union’s book,” President Gauck told members of the EAC secretariat and the East African Legislative Assembly, the EAC’s legislative arm.

He said the EAC sought its own path, with member states working on their own solutions and pursuing their own agendas at their own pace.

“The most important thing during a difficult time is seeking compromises, remaining patient, and putting selfish interests aside for the sake of democratic principles and the rule of law,” said Gauck.

The Arusha-based EAC is a regional, intergovernmental organization that includes Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

The EAC’s current headquarters was built with German government support at a cost of more than 14 million euros.

“Germany was the first development partner to commit financial and technical support to the EAC since its nascent stage in 1996,” EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera said.

Full article: German leader urges E. Africa to copy EU integration (World Bulletin)

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