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19th Ordinary East African Community Heads of State Summit held in Kampala, Uganda



9th Ordinary East African Community Heads of State Summit held in Kampala, Uganda

 
 
East African Community heads of state pose for a group photo with officials and guests during the 19th Ordinary East African Community Heads of State Summit in Kampala, Uganda, on Feb. 23, 2018.
Heads of State at the 19th Ordinary Session of the East African Community Summit at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has urged East African leaders to push for political integration in order to secure the future prosperity of the region.

“I am happy that the negotiators have agreed on the initial step of the confederation and on the framing of a draft Constitution for the Confederation,” Museveni said as he opened the 19th Ordinary East African Community Heads of State Summit at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

He said that East Africa, unlike many regions in the world, has got enough similarities and areas of compatibility that should enable it to target political integration in the form of a political federation.
“We need to look at political integration where possible, where there are enough similarities or compatibilities.  East Africa, unlike many regions in the World, has got enough similarities and compatibilities that can enable it to target political integration in the form of the Political Federation of East Africa,” Museveni said.

He mentioned the growing population in the region, a similar culture and shared natural resources as key unifying factors in East Africa.

“When, therefore, we talk about integration in East Africa, we have solid reasons on which we base ourselves.  We are on the right side of history,” he concluded.

The Kampala summit received the Council of Ministers report for the period May 2017-Feb 2018, got a report on implementation of previous summit decisions and approved the appointment of Charles Nyachae of Kenya as Judge of the First Instance Division of the East African Court of Justice.

The leaders also launched the 5th East African Community Development Strategy to run until 2021.

Museveni however warned that economic integration alone, may not address the issue of strategic security well.  Economic integration deals with trade.  ” That is why we need to look at political integration where possible,” he said.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania and Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan attended the summit. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was represented by the Minister of Infrastructure, James Musoni, while President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi is represented by the Vice-President Martin Nduwimana.





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