New EAC Secretary Basic sworn in at State Home in Juba, South Sudan

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East African Neighborhood Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 7th June, 2024: The brand new East African Neighborhood (EAC) Secretary Basic, Ms. Veronica Mueni Nduva, took the oath of workplace on Friday night at State Home in Juba, Republic of South Sudan.

Ms. Nduva was sworn in throughout the 23rd Further-Extraordinary Assembly of the EAC Heads of State that was held just about and chaired by H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Chairperson of the Summit and President of South Sudan.

Talking after taking the oath as Secretary Basic, Ms. Nduva stated that her tenure can be devoted to selling deeper integration and improvement of the folks of East Africa.

Ms. Nduva stated her key priorities would come with strengthening financial integration that encourages innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation along with peace and safety.

“Your Excellencies, in selling peace and safety, a safe East Africa is the muse upon which we will construct lasting prosperity,” stated the SG.

Ms. Nduva, who’s EAC’s first feminine SG, disclosed that superior social improvement would even be a precedence for her with particular consideration being given to empowering ladies and youth who’re the spine of the society within the area.

Infrastructure improvement may also rank excessive on the incoming SG’s agenda as she reiterated that the sector would require revolutionary financing options and strengthened public-private-partnerships (PPPs).

“To advertise local weather resilient progress, we’ll proceed addressing the urgent challenges of local weather change collectively as a area. This consists of selling inexperienced vitality, sustainable agriculture, conservation efforts and useful resource mobilisation as a bloc,” she added.

The incoming EAC Secretary General, Ms. Veronica Nduva, with H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Chairperson of the Summit in Juba shortly after she was sworn in as SG.

Ms. Nduva additional singled out institutional strengthening for efficient implementation of insurance policies and programmes as one other of her priorities, including that enhancing inter-organ and inter-institutional coordination can be key to delivering on the mandate.

She pledged constancy to the Treaty and stated that it might function her guiding doc all through her tenure as Secretary Basic whilst she promised to advertise a tradition of transparency, accountability and inclusivity on the Neighborhood.

Ms. Nduva replaces Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mutuku Mathuki who was recalled by the Republic of Kenya in March 2024 and redeployed because the nation’s Ambassador to Moscow. Previous to her appointment as SG, Ms. Nduva was the Principal Secretary within the State Division for Efficiency and Supply Administration within the Workplace of the Prime Cupboard Secretary and Ministry of Overseas and Diaspora Affairs.

Ms. Nduva, an alumnus of the College of Nairobi (UoN), is an completed governance and public sector skilled with a 24 years’ profession spanning service within the Authorities of Kenya, EAC, US authorities and civil society. She holds a BA in Political Science and Communication Research from UoN. She additionally possesses huge expertise in Human Useful resource Administration and budgetary appropriations.

In his remarks, South Sudan’s President, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, stated that the bloc was heading in the right direction noting that intra-regional commerce at the moment stood at 15% and expressed hope that it might rise additional with the current admission of the Federal Republic of Somalia into the Neighborhood.  

On the Financial Union, President Kiir known as for the fast-tracking of the East African Financial Institute to supply steering on the institution of a single foreign money. On the Political Federation, the Summit Chairperson disclosed that South Sudan can be holding consultations on the EAC Political Confederation Structure in July 2022 and urged Accomplice States that haven’t performed so to expedite the consultations.

Noting that peace and safety are key to financial progress, political stability and sustainable improvement in East Africa, the Summit Chairperson stated that it was the collective duty of all Accomplice States to pursue simply and equitable settlements to disputes and battle within the area.

 The Chairperson of the Summit and President of South Sudan, H.E. Salva Kiir, during the 23rd Ordinary Summit that was held virtually.

On his half, Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, underscored the necessity to get rid of Non-Tariff Obstacles (NTBs) as they distort the area’s potential for commerce. President Museveni hailed South Sudan for her upcoming consultations on the Political Confederation Structure in July and urged different international locations to comply with swimsuit in order that the bloc can take the mixing course of to the next degree.

Talking on the occasion, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, urged the incoming Secretary Basic to deal with bettering the visibility of the EAC and addressing the dearth of shared notion of advantages of integration amongst East Africans, including that some East Africans have been even uncertain of the fruits of integration.

President Samia singled out the challenges posed by local weather change and urged the brand new SG to advertise adaptation and mitigation to scale back the antagonistic influence of the phenomenon on EAC economies.

Mama Samia stated that prioritising elevated entry to cleaner and reasonably priced vitality would allow the area to transition to cleaner and fashionable cooking options that may in flip ship larger advantages when it comes to emission reductions, forest preservation, safety of biodiversity, higher well being, elevated productiveness and gender equality.  

Mama Samia noticed that youth kind a vital a part of the EAC inhabitants, constituting greater than 70% or roughly 302 million folks, including that it was essential that younger folks absolutely take part within the integration course of and exploit the alternatives arising from it.

On his half, Rwandan President Paul Kagame hailed the directive by the Summit for the convening of a retreat of the EAC Ministers of Overseas and Regional Affairs to deliberate on the Report of the Consultative Conferences by the Chairperson of the Summit on Accomplice States’ Relations.

In his remarks, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, stated that his nation would quickly be sending Members of Parliament and Judges to the East African Legislative Meeting and the East African Court docket of Justice, respectively.

President Mohamud stated that Somalia was additionally gearing for her integration into the Customs Union and the Frequent Market, the first and 2nd pillars of the mixing course of.

Additionally current on the assembly have been: Burundi’s Vice President Prosper Bazombanza who represented President Evariste Ndayishimiye; Kenya’s Prime Cupboard Secretary and Cupboard Secretary for Overseas and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi, who represented H.E. President William Samoei Ruto; South Sudan’s Minister of EAC Affairs and Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers, Hon. Deng Alor Kuo; East African Court docket of Justice (EACJ) Choose President, Hon. Mr. Justice Nestor Kayobera; Speaker of the East African Legislative Meeting (EALA), Rt. Hon. Joseph Ntakirutimana; the EAC Deputy Secretary Basic answerable for Customs, Commerce and Financial Affairs, Ms. Annette Mutaawe Ssemuwemba, and Hon. Andrea Aguer Ariik Malueth, EAC Deputy Secretary Basic answerable for Infrastructure, Productive, Social and Political Sectors.

For extra info, please contact:

Simon Peter Owaka
Senior Public Relations OfficerCompany Communications and Public Affairs DivisionEAC SecretariatArusha, TanzaniaTel: +255 768 552087E-mail: This electronic mail tackle is being shielded from spambots. You want JavaScript enabled to view it.

Concerning the East African Neighborhood Secretariat:

The East African Neighborhood (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of eight (8) Accomplice States, comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the Federal Republic of Somalia, the Republic of South Sudan, the Republic of Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The Federal Republic of Somalia was admitted into the EAC bloc by the Summit of EAC Heads of State on 24th November, 2023 and have become a full member on 4th March, 2024.

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