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East Africa: Online Forum to Enhance EAC Integration

12 March, 2013
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March 12, 2013

THE newly launched TANGO EAC Online Forum will go a long way towards enhancing integration of the East African Community, hence the need for civil societies, private sector and other stakeholders to utilise it.

The Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO) Executive Director, Nunga Tepani, said the initiative is being supported by TradeMark East Africa. He appealed to the government to use the information generated through the facility to inform policy decisions at both partner state and regional levels.

"TANGO EAC Forum is an online dialogue platform for individuals, civil society organisations actors, the private and public sector and Tanzanians in general to widely discuss regional integration issues in various ways. "The forum specifically seeks to generate additional knowledge and evidence for deepening and widening the regional integration process but more importantly catalyse civic action and chart for a common advocacy agenda.

It will thus complement various other civil society offline regional engagement initiatives," the TANGO boss said in a statement. The portal is currently hosting dialogues with resultant views and recommendations being synthesized into policy briefs and action alert notes for further engagement and advocacy by CSOs.

"To all civil society actors in Tanzania and beyond that have an input to make into the EAC regional integration agenda, I urge you all to use this tool to present your views, share evidence and tools to ensure that the various stages of cooperation are or will be people centred," he said.

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