East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 29th September, 2022: The East African Community (EAC) Dr. Peter Mathuki and the Provost of the Arcadia University, USA, Dr. Jeff Rutenbeck have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the operationalization of the Nyerere Center for Peace and Conflict resolution in Arusha, Tanzania.

The center is set to build capacity in programmes on peace and security, political affairs and international relations and will support the development of EAC policies, concepts and strategies.

The MoU signed at the Arcadia University, Pennsylvania, USA, establishes the framework for operations of the Nyerere Center for Peace Research and the terms of the operational partnership between the EAC, the International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program at Arcadia University, and the American Graduate School for International Relations and Diplomacy.

“East African students are also set to benefit from scholarships and exchange programs in the USA,” Dr. Mathuki noted.

The Nyerere centre is situated at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The EAC Council of Ministers at its 12th Extra Ordinary Meeting endorsed its establishment as a centre of excellence in capacity building and research.

“Peace and security are prerequisites for regional integration and therefore crucial to build capacities in order to secure an environment that is stable and peaceful for enhanced human security, regional development and integration,” Dr. Mathuki noted.

Dr.Rutenbeck lauded the partnership that is set to provide a platform for engaging local, regional and international experts on a diverse range of subjects.

“We are ready to support in mobilizing resources that will aid in strengthening this great centre that will provide a unique interface between policymakers and regional and national opinion leaders and provide a forum for informal discussion that impact on the globe,” he noted.

The operationalization of the Nyerere Centre will also provide the EAC with a policy focused think tank, consolidate strategic expertise and safeguard the Community’s common values.

Dr. Mathuki also held a session with the university students interesting them on the regional integration and EAC’s contribution to various international bodies such as the United Nations General Assembly.

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