President Yoweri Museveni has tasked members of the East Africa Legislative Assembly-EALA to champion the sensitization of East African citizens on the integration process. According to Museveni, many people in the region are ignorant about the objectives and benefits of forming the East African Community, which has slowed down its integration.
Museveni made the observation during his State of the EAC Address in a special sitting of the East African Legislative Assembly in Kampala on Wednesday. He tasked the EALA MPs to use their mandate in the East African Community Treaty to preach economic and political integration. Museveni also called upon EAC member states to participate in the full implementation of the treaty by removing non tariff barriers saying much of the powers still lie in the hands of member states.
He said the region is set to progress to prosperity after identifying the bottlenecks that kept Africa backward for centuries like electricity, poor infrastructure, ideological disorientation and lack of industrialization.
He revealed that EAC leaders are in the process of discussing the EAC Infrastructure master plan to help in steering development in the sectors of energy, industrialization and railways among others across the region. He appealed to the partner states to utilize the oil and Gas potential they have in the region to enhance economic integration.