The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has commended Members of Parliament of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) for their decision to sensitize the People of Uganda about East African Community integration process.
The Premier said there was need to bring on board leaders at all levels across the country to ensure that regional integration is well appreciated.
The Premier made the remarks while meeting Members of Parliament of EALA who called on him at his Office in Kampala on Wednesday.
The EALA Members of Parliament together with the Minister of State for East African Community Affairs, Shem Bageine met the Prime Minister to brief him about their programme of raising awareness about regional integration to the people of Uganda starting with Kampala.
EALA has a cordial function of furthering East African Community objectives through its legislative, representative and oversight mandate.
Dr Rugunda welcomed the EALA Members of Parliament and also assured them of the support of Government in executing this noble cause.
He said East African member states and EALA should be less bureaucratic if they are to move quickly together towards a political federation which is the 4th step into the implementation of the EAC regional integration.
Other steps are: Customs Union, Common Market and Monetary Union.
“The technical people should address the remaining obstacles,” said Rugunda adding that Uganda was happy with the cohesion and solidarity of the Members of the East African Parliament in Arusha, Tanzania.
The Minister of State East African Community Affairs Shem Bageine said his Ministry had started to sensitise local Government leaders about regional integration.
Ugandan Member of Parliament in the East African Legislative Assembly, Chris Opoka said they will sensitise Ugandans about the importance of regional integration, steps towards regional integration and the achievements registered.
East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization of six partner states comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and most recently South Sudan.