Saturday, 6 September 2008

Raila calls for stronger EAC Community

From Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Nairobi, KENYA
By Nicholas Kigondu

Prime minister Raila Odinga has called for a stronger East African community to reinforce the region's economic capacity.

Speaking in Mwanza during a dinner ceremony, Raila said larger regional blocs have led to flourishing economies in other parts of the world.

A host of stumbling blocs among the East African community member nations have over the years challenged the vision to actualize the dream of a single united East African federation.

But speaking during a 3-day tour in Tanzania, Prime minister Raila Odinga called on the member countries to unite for a common cause to steer the region forward.

With a total population of over 100 million people and a common language Swahili Raila said the region's trading strength is evident.

And with smaller countries in other parts of the world forming larger trading blocs, the Prime ministers call couldn't have been more timely.

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