By Najibu Mulema
The US government and the East African Community (EAC) have launched a regional grants agreement.
The agreement will see US through its United States agency for international development contribute approximately $194 million over a period of five years to shared development goals deepening the partnership between the two organizations.
About $30 million will fund institutional strengthening with the EAC Secretariat while the remaining will support other development partners in the efforts to cntribute to the EAC regional integration agenda.
Deputy Chief of US Mission in Tanzania, Virginia M. Blaser noted the tremendous value of fostering regional cooperation saying that the United States supports governments and regional bodies like EAC in cooperative efforts to unlock the region’s full potential.
Under this agreement, the EAC and the United States will work together to advance regional economic integration, improve sustainable and manageable natural resources in the lake Victoria basin and Meru river, eco systems and trade links among others.