Amb. Amoru elected as Treasurer of EAC Envoys in Pretoria as they Unite to Advance Regional Unity.

Pretoria. In a move to advance regional cooperation and solidarity, ambassadors and high commissioners from East African Community (EAC) member states accredited to Pretoria held a crucial meeting last evening at the official residence of Ugandan High Commissioner, H.E. Amb. Paul Amoru. The meeting, described as significant, included key representatives from the EAC nations: Burundi, Uganda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda, and Kenya. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was absent with apologies.

Among the attendees were H.E. Alexis Bukuru of Burundi, H.E. Paul Amoru of Uganda, H.E. Simon Duku of South Sudan, H.E. James Bwana of Tanzania, H.E. Mohamed Issa of Somalia, H.E. Emmanuel Hategeka of Rwanda, and H.E. Jane Ndurumo of Kenya. The diplomats discussed and endorsed a framework designed to enhance their collaborative efforts. As a result, EAC ambassadors will be meeting on a quarterly basis to advance the regional agenda and activities of common interest.

Recognizing the need to advance the regional integration agenda, the ambassadors unanimously agreed to strengthen ties and increase cooperation within the EAC. They also pledged to promote the EAC and its common market within Southern Africa and internationally.

Key priorities identified include fostering solidarity and collaboration, vigorously pursuing regional integration objectives, promoting the EAC Common Market, and positioning the region as a prime destination for tourism and investment. The ambassadors also emphasized the importance of showcasing the region’s cultural heritage, establishing a forum for knowledge exchange, and actively engaging the EAC diaspora.

Reflecting the principle of rotational chairmanship within the EAC bloc, H.E. Simon Duku was elected Chair of the EAC Mabalozi in Pretoria, in line with the presidency of South Sudan. H.E. James Bwana was appointed as Deputy Chair, while H.E. Paul Amoru took on the role of Treasurer. As the senior-most diplomat among the EAC Mabalozi, H.E. Alexis Bukuru will serve as Advisor.

H.E. Paul Amoru stated that the EAC ambassadors in Pretoria aim to position the region as a hub for tourism and investment. “We will emphasize collaboration, cultural heritage, and engagement with the diaspora,” Amoru said. “We are united in our mission to keep the EAC on the map. We are looking for markets, among other opportunities.”

The meeting in Pretoria represents a significant step towards strengthening the EAC’s presence in Southern Africa. With a unified voice and a shared commitment to collaboration, the ambassadors are poised to champion the region’s interests in Southern Africa and beyond.

From 2016 to 2021, Amoru served as the Member of Parliament for Dokolo North. He is currently the High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda to the Republic of South Africa.

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