DAR ES SALAAM, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Juma Mwapachu on Thursday called on the EAC partner states to exploit all available opportunities to make the Common Market work for them and for the better livelihoods of all citizens of the EAC.
Mwapachu made the appeal in a statement released by the EAC Secretariat based in Arusha in northeast Tanzania on commencement of the EAC Common Market on July 1.
"1st July 2010 marks the commencement of the operationalization of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market. Following the completion of the ratification of the Protocol on the Common Market, the complex and long march towards transforming the EAC region into a Common or Single Market begins with resolve and fervour," Mwapachu said in the statement.
The EAC secretary general stressed that the operationalization of the Common Market is a process, which itself is complex in terms of what is required to be undertaken at the levels of the Partner States and, in certain respects, at the level of the EAC itself.
He also underscored the importance for the citizens of the East African Community Partner States and the economic players in the EAC region to have a clear understanding of what July 1 holds and portends, which is a historic one and is deservedly celebratory as a milestone for the EAC.
However, what have been achieved so far is only the basic legal framework that outlines what needs to be done and implemented for the Common Market to make meaning and have impact in transforming the lives of the East African Community citizens, according to Mwapachu.
"Thus, 1st July 2010 for the EAC Common Market, means entry of the critical phase when the Partner States, which, pursuant to the Treaty establishing the EAC are the principal implementers of EAC programs, must begin to determine how the four freedoms encapsulated in the Common Market Protocol should resolutely be put into effect."