EAC to reduce cost of operation

The East African Community (EAC) is working towards reducing its cost of operation to enable them achieve their development agenda.

The Organization Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko said EAC is streamlining the top echelon where there will be less executive staff, less deputy secretary generals among other measures aimed at cutting cost.

The partner states have formed an ad-hock Public Service Commission and they are now working on the restructuring and hope they will come up with a commission that responds to our needs and future ambition, explained Mfumukeko.

Speaking on Wednesday during a courtesy call to the new EAC Cabinet Secretary (CS), Peter Munya, the secretary general said they are facing a challenge of staffing with most of the departments having one or two people, and with the restructuring they hope the member states will be able to avail more resources both financial and personnel so that the community can execute its mandate fully.

In the previous five years we had a strategy with an annual budget of 250 million dollars but in the strategy for the next five years we have scaled down to190 million dollars per year, he explained.

Mfumukeko said that for this year they have 110 million dollars and they are working towards getting additional funds from development partners so that they can implement the EAC strategy.

We have earmarked about 15 one stop border points and 13 have already been achieved and am sure you all know we recently inaugurated the Busia one stop border post, we are preparing to inaugurate the Namanga one by April, he said, adding that at the EAC level are they trying to raise funds to put up additional stop border posts.

He said over the last two years, support of the partners has increased significantly, and they are very much encouraged by this development, coupled with the organizational changes.

Munya said that the EAC Council of Ministers is working towards cutting cost of running the Community and its institutions, insisting that there has been a restructuring that is aimed at bringing synergy and efficiency.

We have been doing an internal re-evaluation to bring down the cost, including a reduction in travelling expenses cost which consume a sizeable budget in running of EAC, said Munya.

Source: Kenya News Agency