East African Community secretariat has received support from Germany and China as it gears towards achieving its set objectives for the trading bloc.
Just last week, Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania and EAC H.E Wang Ke signed the grant agreement worth 200,000 USD to support EAC integration process. This comes even as Germany injected another US$34 million (EUR 30 million) to the East African Community (EAC) to support the regional organisation’s immunization efforts.
According to Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb Liberat Mfumukeko, the Chinese Ambassador has agreed to have a workshop as soon as possible where bankable projects will be presented to China for consideration.
Ambassador Ke noted the great contribution China is making to the region especially in infrastructure both as an investor and contractor.
“China is committed to continue support peace building and good governance process in the region.” Ambassador Ke added.
While mining and construction still account for the bulk (54%), according to International Growth Centre (IGC) the stock of manufacturing FDI increased to 13% of China’s FDI stocks in Africa in 2015. Consistent with the increase in the manufacturing stock of FDI. Chinese FDI in Africa has started to diversify away from the traditional recipients of global FDI – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Zambia – into high-growth countries that are not necessarily resource-rich. Once these top five African recipients of global FDI are excluded, China’s share of FDI into Africa goes from around 1% in 2004 to almost 9% in 2015.
“African countries make up less than 4% of China’s global trade and less than 3% of China’s global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows and stocks. Similarly, China only accounted for around 5% of global FDI into Africa in 2015. Africa is much more dependent on China for trade than for FDI. In contrast, roughly 25% of Africa’s global trade in 2015 was with China.” says IGC.
Over the past two decades, China has become an important partner in Africa’s growth and development. The World Bank is working to further this relationship in order to help Africa close infrastructure gaps, reform its energy sector and boost growth and prosperity so that millions of people lift themselves out of poverty and realize their opportunities for a better life.
In October this year, Germany committed funding worth 61.5 million Euros to mark the 20th anniversary of her joint partnership with the East African Community. Germany committed funding worth 61.5 million Euros to mark the 20th anniversary of her joint partnership with the East African Community.
German government has already committed another grant of US$34 million (EUR 30 million) to the East African Community (EAC) to support the regional organisation’s immunization efforts.
With the additional grant, Germany will be financing the procurement of vaccines for children in the EAC against various diseases including measles, rotavirus, pneumococcus, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and yellow fever. The programme will be financed through KfW, the German Development Bank and implemented in collaboration with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The cooperation aims at reducing child mortality in the region and mainly targets newborns.
This new commitment will bring Germany`s contribution to EAC’s regional immunization programmes to approximately US$170 million (EURO 150 million) since 2012. To date, German Development Cooperation with the EAC has financed over 60 million doses of life-saving vaccines for the region and the average immunization coverage in the region was substantially increased, making the EAC’s immunization programmes the strongest in Sub-Sahara Africa.
“Germany is a committed partner to the East African regional integration process. We are proud that our cooperation with the EAC and the Gavi Alliance is contributing greatly to improve child health in the region,” said Amb. Herrera.
Regional Economic and Social Integration
In the area of “Regional Economic and Social Integration”, the German side committed €9.5 million for the follow-on programme “Support to the EAC integration process” that will go to promoting intra-regional trade through value addition in productive sectors, better market access, improved customs processes and harmonized standards.
Euro 1 million will be in support for the ongoing programme “Strengthening of a Regional Quality Infrastructure” that focusses on reliable quality control mechanism and services for products traded in the EAC region and exported abroad, specifically in the pharmaceutical sector as well as in subsectors of agro-processing.
In the area of health, the German government has now committed €30 million for the Immunization programme which is implemented through Gavi, the Vaccine alliance.
Moreover, €13 million will be for additional support of the Regional Network of Laboratories for Communicable Diseases that aims at enabling the EAC and its Partner States to diagnose potentially epidemic diseases, monitor anti-microbial resistance quickly and reliably on the ground and to launch effective responses immediately.
Furthermore, the German government committed €3 million for the ongoing technical cooperation programme “Support to Pandemic Preparedness in the EAC-Region” which supports the EAC Secretariat in its coordinating and advisory role in pandemic preparedness for the Partner States.
Amb. Herrera says that vaccinations were a highly effective and cost effective means to fight child mortality, adding that particularly focus needs to be put on children from poor families as they often lack sufficient access to quality health care.
“I commend the EAC for its comprehensive approach to address priority health issues in the EAC region such as the control and prevention of infectious diseases, and pandemics and mother and child health.” Amb Herrera said.
Health is one of the two focal areas of the two sides, the other being Regional Economic and Social Integration.
Germany development cooperation, through the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has to date contributed to regional integration in East Africa through a variety of programmes and projects in these areas. With the new commitments signed today, Germany’s funding for Technical and Financial Cooperation with the EAC amounts to over US$350 million.