The East African Community (EAC) has partnered with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in a $16 million (KSh1.6 billion) deal aimed at supporting economic and social integration.
Through their SEAMPEC and Pandemic Preparedness programmes, the partnership seeks to also support EAC regional integration. This will be made possible through targeted work in sectors such as agro-processing, pharmaceuticals, tourism and ICT.
Additionally, SEAMPEC aims to facilitate the improvement of framework conditions to help create more competitive industries and cross border opportunities.
The Eagle reports that another $3 million of the funding will go towards the ‘Support to Pandemic Preparedness in the EAC Region’ project. This project will work closely with the EAC to implement the Regional Contingency Plan. This will happen under the interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral One Health approach. It will also seek to establish the discipline of risk and crisis communication in the region.
The German Agency for International Cooperation or (GIZ) is an international enterprise owned by the German Federal Government. It operates in many fields across more than 130 countries. They support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
GIZ operates in many fields: economic development and employment promotion, governance and democracy, security, reconstruction, peace-building and civil conflict transformation, food security, health and basic education, environmental protection, resource conservation, and climate change mitigation.