By Azania Post Reporter
NETHERLANDS has pledged to work closely with the East African Community (EAC) to enable it attain integration objective processes.
Dutch envoy Jeroen Verheul said after presenting his credentials to the EAC Secretary General Ambassador Liberat Mfumukeko in Arusha.
Present at the ceremony was Eng. Steven Mlote, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in-charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Kenneth Bagamuhunda, the Director General in-charge of EAC Customs and Trade Directorate.
Amb. Verheul said Netherland was keen to share with the EAC its experiences in the European integration, adding that the community could learn from the EU in addressing some of the emerging challenges in the integration process.
The Dutch envoy also commended the facilitator and the mediator of the inter-Burundi dialogue progress urging that the negotiations should continue to be more inclusive.
Receiving the Dutch Ambassador, Amb. Mfumukeko hailed the strong relations existing between the Community and Netherlands commending it for its dedication and support.
He informed Amb. Verhaul of the significant outcomes of the just concluded Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat and Summit where issues of health, infrastructure, political federation among others were discussed.
The Secretary-General disclosed that the community will continue to engage with the EU on the concerns of some partner states on the EPAs, adding that in the event that an acceptable way forward is not reached, the community shall explore the use of variable geometry in its implementation.
Amb. Mfumukeko also shared the progress made by the EAC in the four pillars of integration including the customs union, common market, monetary union and political federation.