The envoy presented the document to Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko on Wednesday to be accredited as the new German Ambassador to the EAC.
Hess had previously held diplomatic positions in the EAC Partner States of Uganda and Kenya and was accredited to the United Republic of Tanzania on 14th January, 2020. She is the first female German Ambassador to be accredited to the EAC.
The EAC and Germany have enjoyed long-standing and close relations, their joint development cooperation going back two decades. Commitments from the German Government to the EAC have to date mounted to over EUR 470 mill. (approximately US$508 million). The joint cooperation focuses on the areas of economic and social integration as well a health.
Receiving the German Ambassador, EAC Secretary General Amb Mfumukeko hailed the strong relations between the Community and Germany noting that Germany had provided generous technical and financial support to the EAC for decades.
‘’We have truly benefited from the German support which has catalysed other Development Partners to support our projects and programmes,“ said the Secretary General.
Amb Mfumukeko informed the Germany Ambassador of the significant progress made by the EAC in the four pillars of integration namely the Customs Union, Common Market, Monetary Union and Political Federation, adding that the community had made great strides in the four pillars due to political goodwill by the leaders of the Partner States.
For her part, the German Ambassador emphasized on the importance of Germany’s support to the EAC Secretariat saying:
“Germany is a staunch believer in regional integration. We are convinced that further regional integration amongst the six EAC Partner States will be of great socio-economic and political benefit. The German Government remains committed in supporting the EAC Secretariat in the future,” said Hess.
Also in attendance at the meeting were the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Eng Steven Mlote, and EAC Principal International Relations Officer, Suma Mwakyusa. Accompanying the German envoy was Norzin Grigoleit-Dagyab, First Secretary and Head of Regional Cooperation (EAC) at the German Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.