The East African Community (EAC) Secretary- General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, has called for a coordinated approach among the EAC Partner States in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hon. Mathuki called for the harmonization of COVID-19 testing charges and quarantine administrative procedures across the region. Dr. Mathuki further pushed for the strengthening of public-private sector cooperation for joint investment in the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Secretary General, however, noted that there was immense hope on the horizon with all Partner States having embarked on national vaccination drives.
Dr. Mathuki was speaking during the SG’s First 100 Days Forum that focused on the highlights, challenges and achievements since he assumed office on 27th April, 2021.
The forum drew 267 participants including Permanent/Principal Secretaries from EAC Partner States’ Ministries of EAC Affairs, Development Partners, Members of the Diplomatic Community, Private Sector, Civil Society, Staff of EAC Organs and Institutions, and the Media.
Dr. Mathuki disclosed that he had already held consultations with the members of the Summit of Heads of State to seek their views on how the Community should be run.
“They emphasized the need to take the EAC integration to the people at the grassroots, as they are the actual owners of the process,” said the Secretary General.