Tanzanian President John Magufuli has urged the East African Community (EAC) to focus on enabling its member states to tackle their chronic problems.
Dr Magufuli, who currently chairs the six-nation sub-regional grouping, says some of the most persistent challenges are access to clean and safe water, improving transport infrastructures, strengthening health services and building industries which can lead to increased employment and revenues.
He said this when EAC Secretary-General Liberat Mfumukeko called on him at State House in Dar-es-Salaam Thursday.
"It would be more beneficial if you executives of the EAC make big efforts to ensure that member countries focus on addressing problems facing the people," he said. "If you manage to do this and work on reducing unnecessary expenditure, we will achieve more."
He commended Mfumukeko, who took over the position last April, for coming up with good plans and strategies to implement the community's objectives, including reducing expenditures, attracting investors and closely supervising projects and programmes under the bloc.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK