By Prosper Makene
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has committed two grants amounting to € 35 million Euros to the East African Community (EAC).
Egon Kochanke, German Ambassador to Tanzania, handed over the commitment note in his meeting yesterday with the EAC Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko.
The financial cooperation grants will be available for the sectors of health and education: Germany will provide 30 million Euros for the procurement of vaccines for children in the EAC against various diseases.
The programme will be implemented in collaboration with the GAVI Alliance. This new commitment will bring Germany`s contribution to regional immunisations programmes with the EAC to 90 million Euros since 2012.
A further 5 million Euros are foreseen for a new program financing scholarships for post-graduates in the East African Community. The program thus aims at strengthening the younger academic generation in becoming catalysts for further regional integration.
Egon Kochanke said: "The cooperation with the EAC and with the GAVI Alliance on vaccinations are an important pillar in fighting diseases in the region. And our new envisaged scholarship program is another stepping stone towards stronger regional integration in East Africa."
Since as early as 1998, Germany's development cooperation, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has contributed to the regional integration in East Africa through a variety of programmes and projects. With the new commitments Germany's funding for Technical and Financial Cooperation with the EAC amounts to over 200 million Euros.