Sitta Launches Online Forum On EAC Integration
The participation of civil society organisations and private sectors in making the East Africa Community (EAC) integration people centered will help Tanzania sensitise its nationals on how to benefit from the integration.
Articles 127, 28 and 129 of the EAC treaty clearly describe the necessity for governments to create an environment that would enable the involvement of civil society organizations in EAC’s integration process.
Minister of East African Cooperation, Samuel Sitta revealed this yesterday in Dar es Salaam when launching the Tanzania Association of Non Governmental Organizations (TANGO) Online Forum on EAC Regional Integration Issues.
The online forum seeks to provide Tanzanians and East Africans at large a voice on the trends of the regional integration process which intend to cover issues related to trade, governance and accountability, common market, customs and the involvement of marginalized groups among others.
“I do believe such joint efforts of reaching out to our communities will end doubts on the integration process and serve the people on various issues,” stated Sitta.
He noted that this will also help educate the people on the achievements made, benefits and opportunities for them and seek their views on the remaining two stages of the integration which is the Monetary Union and Political Federation.
Sitta recalled that their participation will also help embark on intensive programme of sensitizing Tanzanians on the need to fully utilize economic benefits emanating from the integration process.
“There is still little awareness among Tanzanians on the potential of the integration,” said Sitta.
Explaining on how the TANGO Online Forum will create awareness on the importance of the integration Sitta said that the online forum will enlighten East Africans on the socio-economic opportunities of the integration process, adding that the forum will also enable Tanzanians discuss national matters which will promote the integration to benefit the country and the whole of East Africa at large.
For his side, Tango Executive Director Ngunga Tepani said that the launching of the online initiative by the civil society is aimed at popularizing the EAC integration agenda and seek the participation of citizens in shaping the region’s aspiration to benefit the people.