Senators and representatives of the House of Congress from the United States have commended the role played by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in political integration.
A delegation led by Senator James Inhofe, Member of the Okhlahoma House of Representatives, met with EALA Speaker Abdirahin Abdi in Arusha at the weekend.
Senator Inhofe appreciated the on-going progress at the East Africa Community (EAC) region, noting that peace and security were key components necessary if the EAC was to spur investments.
In his remarks, the EALA Speaker noted that the EAC was on track and legislation played a fundamental role in the entire process.
‘We have been consistent when it comes to enacting legislation and carrying out our mandate,” Speaker Abdi said, adding that EALA pushed the Partner States to harmonise their laws in line with the EAC.
“More needs to be done in terms of the implementation especially with regard to the Common Market Protocol. It is not only legislators demanding the need to move swiftly but the citizens as well,” Abdi stated.
Other delegates included Senator John Boozman (Arkansas), Congressman Jeff Miller, Congressman Steve Pearce (New Mexico) and Congressman Vernon Buchanan (Florida). They were accompanied by staff and officials of the United States’ House of Congress and Embassy of the United States of America in the United Republic of Tanzania. There was also Clerk of the Assembly, Kenneth Madete and the Senior Public Relations Officer, Bobi Odiko.
The delegation, which was in Tanzania on a two-day visit, also paid a courtesy call on the Secretary General of the EAC, Dr Richard Sezibera.