New EAC headquarters officially opened in Arusha


Years of planning and construction came to a successful conclusion yesterday when President Kikwete, accompanied by Kenya’s President Kibaki and Burundian President Nkurunziza officially launched the new headquarters of the East African Community in Arusha / Tanzania, which were funded entirely by the German government at a cost of nearly 19 million Euros.

The offices of the EAC were since the restart of the community housed, on a rented basis, at the Arusha International Conference Centre but it is understood that all staff have now moved to the new building.

EAC Secretary General Dr. Richard Sezibera on the occasion also signed new financing and support agreements with Germany and USAID towards improved tax administration, investment promotion and linking the 5 tax and customs bodies across the East African region though digital integration. Notably absent on the occasion were the Ugandan and Rwandan presidents Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame, reportedly still dealing with the Congo issues back home but expected to meet their colleagues in Nairobi this weekend for the upcoming annual Head of State Summit.