IUCEA and GIZ Jointly Launch Training Programmes to Boost Digital Skills and Academia-Private Sector Collaboration Across the EAC Region (GIZ)

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) jointly launched two significant initiatives, the “Innovators Sprint Up Programme” and the “Digital Skills Training Programme", under the East African Community Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry (dSkills@EA) programme. These initiatives aim to address the current digital skills gap in the region and support young innovators to scale up from ideation to commercialization.
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IUCEA and GIZ Jointly Launch Training Programmes to Boost Digital Skills and Academia-Private Sector Collaboration Across the EAC Region (GIZ)

About German Development Cooperation

The East African Community (EAC) and Germany are united by a long history of cooperation that predates the re-establishment of the East African Community (EAC) in 2000. The German government has supported the East African integration since 1999, based on the common understanding that regional integration will improve the social and economic development of EAC Partner States. Since then, Germany has committed more than 580 million euros for development cooperation with the EAC, making Germany one of the biggest and most reliable bilateral development partners of the community.
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EAC Secretariat Accelerates Efforts Towards Comprehensive Regional Digital Transformation Strategy (GIZ)

The East African Community is in the final stages of consultation for the EAC Regional Digital Transformation Strategy 2024–2030. The EAC has been proactive in its digital transformation journey, with initial consultation with Partner States in 2022 and further increasing the momentum at the EAC Regional Digital Transformation Conference, held in October 2023, in collaboration with the European Union, through a Team Europe Initiative. The strategy aims at leveraging the endorsement of the AfCFTA Digital Trade Protocol and the AU Digital Transformation Strategy to enhance connectivity, foster a digital economy, and promote sustainable development.
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EAC Secretariat Accelerates Efforts Towards Comprehensive Regional Digital Transformation Strategy (GIZ)

Unlocking Regional Opportunities: Empowering SMEs Through EAC-GIZ Partnership (GIZ)

"We are grateful to EAC and GIZ for their support, which has enabled our company to build additional networks and create more linkages in the EAC and beyond. With knowledge sharing and networking at various exhibitions, I plan to diversify our product portfolio beyond cashew nuts and supply markets across EAC and Africa and eventually go global." Fatna Tambwe General Manager, Munawar Foods, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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Unlocking Regional Opportunities: Empowering SMEs Through EAC-GIZ Partnership (GIZ)

The President of Somalia Convenes EAC Partner States to Jointly Deliberate on Strengthening Integration and Cooperation at Regional and Continental Levels (GIZ)

The East African Community Conference (EACON2024) officially commenced in Mogadishu, Somalia, marking a significant milestone in regional cooperation and Somalia integration. The conference was graced by the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Dr Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who officiated the event, calling on all Somalis to embrace the opportunity that the East African Community brings, underscoring the nation’s position in strengthening regional cooperation in the community. The conference themes—economic development, peace and security, agriculture, and education—are rightly aligned with the EAC's agenda of deepening integration and widening cooperation in the region, with an additional focus on leveraging opportunities under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
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The President of Somalia Convenes EAC Partner States to Jointly Deliberate on Strengthening Integration and Cooperation at Regional and Continental Levels  (GIZ)

Handling Major Transboundary Disease Outbreaks at Border Control Points – Insights from Kenya's OSBP Official (GIZ)

“The EAC-German cooperation has been extremely useful in developing our capacity to handle major transboundary disease outbreaks at border control points. Now, we have in-house professionals who can train staff, undertake field simulation exercises, and handle disease outbreaks across borders." Dr. James Nyongesa Wakhungu Assistant Director of Veterinary Services and Border Veterinary Inspector, Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock Development, Namanga One-Stop Border Post, Kenya.
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Handling Major Transboundary Disease Outbreaks at Border Control Points – Insights from Kenya's OSBP Official (GIZ)

EAC Tests Activation of Regional Rapid Response Mechanism to Infectious Disease Outbreaks (GIZ)

A table-top simulation exercise TTX is a facilitated discussion in a low-stress environment where participants meet to discuss their roles during an emergency and to practice, evaluate, and identify areas for improvement in their responses to a particular scenario. The exercise brought together more than 50 experts from the health, environment, and livestock sectors in charge of emergency preparedness and response in the EAC Partner States.
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EAC Tests Activation of Regional Rapid Response Mechanism to Infectious Disease Outbreaks (GIZ)

“As an Engineer from Tanzania, I Would Like to Work Freely in Kenya, Uganda, or Any of the Other EAC Partner States." (GIZ)

Professionals in the EAC face significant challenges in cross-border mobility, inhibiting the seamless sharing of academic and professional qualifications and experiences gained in one Partner State with another. Emma-Alice Kizito, a final-year student of Aeronautical Engineering and a software developer in Arusha, Tanzania, is a beneficiary of an EAC-GIZ Design Thinking Camp. The initiative provided her with the opportunity to meet and build networks with other young professionals from across the EAC.
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“As an Engineer from Tanzania, I Would Like to Work Freely in Kenya, Uganda, or Any of the Other EAC Partner States." (GIZ)

Somali Integration into EAC Gains Momentum (GIZ)

The Federal Republic of Somalia reaffirmed its commitment to integrating into the EAC during a one-week meeting held from 17 to 21 June 2024, with the EAC and Partner States in Nairobi, Kenya. Twenty Somali delegates, including the Special Envoy to the President as well as the Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, attended the meeting, which aimed at developing a comprehensive roadmap for Somalia's integration into the EAC, marking a significant step towards bolstering regional cooperation and economic integration.
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Somali Integration into EAC Gains Momentum (GIZ)

Promoting Sustainable Utilisation and Management of Natural Resources – The Case of Integrated Water Resources Management (GIZ)

What I appreciate in this partnership is the complementary of the Germany implementing agencies, KfW and GIZ. Whereas KfW supports us directly financially, GIZ advises us technically, e.g. via capacity building in critical areas that are essential to ensure that what we invest in will be more sustainable.”
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Promoting Sustainable Utilisation and Management of Natural Resources – The Case of Integrated Water Resources Management (GIZ)

IUCEA and GIZ Jointly Launch Training Programmes to Boost Digital Skills and Academia-Private Sector Collaboration Across the EAC Region (GIZ)

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) jointly launched two significant initiatives, the “Innovators Sprint Up Programme” and the “Digital Skills Training Programme", under the East African Community Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry (dSkills@EA) programme. These initiatives aim to address the current digital skills gap in the region and support young innovators to scale up from ideation to commercialization.
Read More....
IUCEA and GIZ Jointly Launch Training Programmes to Boost Digital Skills and Academia-Private Sector Collaboration Across the EAC Region (GIZ)

About German Development Cooperation

The East African Community (EAC) and Germany are united by a long history of cooperation that predates the re-establishment of the East African Community (EAC) in 2000. The German government has supported the East African integration since 1999, based on the common understanding that regional integration will improve the social and economic development of EAC Partner States. Since then, Germany has committed more than 580 million euros for development cooperation with the EAC, making Germany one of the biggest and most reliable bilateral development partners of the community.
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About German Development Cooperation

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Agriculture & Food Security

Agriculture is one of East Africa’s most important sectors with about 80% of the region’s population living in rural areas and depending on agriculture for their livelihood.

Agriculture & Food Security
Agriculture & Food Security
Agriculture & Food Security

Customs Union & Common Market

While the objectives of the East African Community cover almost all spheres of life, the main goal of the Customs Union is the formation of a Single Customs Territory and the implementation of the…

Customs Union & Common Market
Customs Union & Common Market
Customs Union & Common Market

Education & Training

Recognising the importance of education and science & technology in economic development, the EAC focuses on harmonised curricula, certification and accreditation institutions as well as joint…

Education & Training
Education & Training
Education & Training

Environment & Natural Resources

The East African Community is endowed with various natural resources such as forests, water, wildlife, mountains, minerals and energy resources.

Environment & Natural Resources
Environment & Natural Resources
Environment & Natural Resources

Gender, Community Development & Civil Society Mobilization

EAC regional integration is people-centred and participatory. To this end, broad participation of key stakeholders including women, youth, private sector and civil society is needed. Partner States…

Gender, Community Development & Civil Society Mobilization
Gender, Community Development & Civil Society Mobilization
Gender, Community Development & Civil Society Mobilization

Health

The EAC Secretariat is mandated to offer advisory and coordinating support for the Seven Partner States in the prevention of and response to outbreaks of infectious diseases of public health concern.

Health
Health
Health

Industrial Development & SMEs

The EAC Partner States aspire to transform their economies to a modern and industrialised status that can sustainably generate sufficient outputs to satisfy both domestic and export markets and…

Industrial Development & SMEs
Industrial Development & SMEs
Industrial Development & SMEs

Investment & Private Sector Development

With the aim of harnessing the investment potential to promote economic growth and development in the region, the EAC Partner States have agreed to cooperate in the areas of Investment and Industrial…

Investment & Private Sector Development
Investment & Private Sector Development
Investment & Private Sector Development

Organisational Development & Outreach

The fast pace of EAC integration necessitates constant development of EAC at an organisational level to steer the integrational process. Furthermore, clear and tangible communication on the benefits…

Organisational Development & Outreach
Organisational Development & Outreach
Organisational Development & Outreach

Peace & Security

The EAC aims to achieve a peaceful and integrated region by enabling and enforcing collaboration between Partner States in preventing and resolving disputes and conflicts and ridding the region of…

Peace & Security
Peace & Security
Peace & Security

Tourism & Wildlife

East Africa has recorded impressive achievements in the realm of tourism owing to the conscious efforts by EAC Partner States to work together in promoting growth in the sector.

Tourism & Wildlife
Tourism & Wildlife
Tourism & Wildlife