LEADERS and top managers at the East African Community (EAC) Organs and Institutions have been called upon to endeavour to always listen to and understand the roles of staff working under them.
Making the call, EAC Secretary General Dr Peter Mathuki said that it is through synergy and solidarity among staff of all cadres that the integration process will be moved forward as expected by EAC citizens.
Dr Mathuki said that EAC, which is on a trajectory of expansion that has resulted in a bigger market for the business community, was poised to help the African Union (AU) attain its goal of an African Economic Community by the year 2063.
Dr Mathuki was speaking in Arusha recently when he officially opened a two-day induction workshop for the two EAC new Deputy Secretary Generals and members of staff at the EAC Organs and Institutions who were recruited earlier this year.
The two new DSGs are Andrea Ariik Aguer Malueth (Infrastructure, Productive, Social and Political Sectors) and Ms. Annette Ssemuwemba (Customs, Trade and Monetary Affairs).
Dr Mathuki reminded EAC members of staff that they were privileged among many East Africans to serve at the bloc, adding that challenges should not take them backward but move them forward since humans use crises to grow.
The Secretary General told staff that they work for the EAC and not their respective partner states, noting that integrity and commitment to their duties was therefore key.
Speaking at the event, the Judge President of the East African Court of Justice, Justice Nestor Kayobera, said that teamwork among leaders and staff could solve many problems in organisations.
Justice Kayobera said that good faith and respect was indispensable in enhancing staff relations and improving performance at the work place.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, Hon. Joseph Ntakirutimana, said that cooperation among the EAC Organs and Institutions was critical to moving the integration process forward.
On his part, the GIZ SEAMPEC Cluster Manager, Mr. Bjoern Richter, disclosed that GIZ was working with two EAC institutions, namely the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) on water management, and the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) on digital transformation skills. Mr. Richter said that GIZ was also working with the EAC Secretariat on pandemic preparedness among other projects in the health sector.
Mr. Richter disclosed that GIZ is looking forward to supporting the EAC in strategic communication so as to ensure that the integration process and its achievements trickle down to the people at the grassroots.
Also present at the ceremony were the Counsel to the Community, Dr. Anthony Kafumbe; the Deputy Registrar of the East African Court of Justice, Her Worship Christine Mutimura; the Registrar of the East African Competition Authority, Ms Lilian Mukoronia; the Executive Secretary of the East African Kiswahili Commission, Dr. Caroline Asiimwe; the Executive Secretary of the East African Science and Technology Commission, Dr. Sylvance Okoth; the Deputy Executive Secretary of the LVBC, Eng Coletha Ruhamya; the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization, Dr. Anthony Taabu-Munyaho, and; the IUCEA Deputy Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris Rai, Directors and other EAC Members of Staff.