Plans for construction of EAC Secretariat headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, forging ahead

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The development plans of the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, are forging ahead. The Secretariat is planning on recruiting technical people from partner countries, to oversee the groundbreaking of the projected multi-billion headquarters.

Dr. Peter Mathuki, Secretary General of the East African Community, said that he planned to write to seven partner countries to recruit technical personnel. The move is looking to attract expert advice for the development of the Secretariat complex. This is according to the EAC Secretary General.

Dr. Mathuki also gave a hint that he will soon meet with top African Development Bank (AfDB) officials to discuss a similar objective. He continued by saying that the building’s architectural design would be one of the subjects addressed at the meeting.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan formally handed Dr. Mathuki the title deed to 125 acres of land earlier this month. This enabled the Secretariat in Arusha to carry out its mission of fostering greater economic, political, social, and cultural integration.

The East African Business Council (EABC), a body affiliated with the EAC, received three hectares. On the other hand, the EAC received an additional 125 acres for its growth projects.

A pledge Tanzania made during the 12th Heads of State Summit includes the issue of the title deed. Tanzania pledged to provide the EAC with land for the construction of new, permanent premises when President Benjamin William Mkapa was in office.

John Mongella promised Dr. Mathuki that he would keep supporting him while the EAC prepared for the project. The Secretariat was urged to build beacons to safeguard the site by RC Mongella.  Mongella had joined the EAC head on the tour.

Where the (EAC) Secretariat headquarters in Arusha will be located

The large tract of land is situated along Dodoma Road in Kisongo, close to the Arusha Airport and the Arusha Prison. ACP Peter Anatory, the regional prisons officer, says that 50 prison families live on a part of the land.

In the area, a variety of initiatives are being undertaken, including the production of bricks and the cultivation of vegetables.