Naivasha December 08/2018 The peace process in East Africa will have positive impact on further integrating the people and moving the economy of the region forward, Ugandans and a Kenyan who took part in Globe E Pan-African Conference told ENA.
The participants gathered in Naivasha, Kenya, said peace among the countries is the Horn is bringing hope to the people in the region.
Dialogues that have started at leadership level between countries such as Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia can have crucial impact in peace promotion not only it the Horn but also at continental level.
The Kenyan Manual Odeny said the political situation in the Horn is progressing and peace dialogues that are recently happening among the leaders show how the politics is growing.
“We can see that some sort of integration and partnership commitment in the region. We see that Kenyan Rugby team was sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines, we have a lot of integration,” he added.
Odeny said: “The current leadership in Ethiopia has embraced Eritrea, which we consider as a positive move. The peace has positive impact not only on the countries but also at the regional level.”
He pointed out that moves by South Sudan warring parties, Ethiopian and Somali governments sitting together to find lasting peace in the region is best option to promote peace.
“Kenya and Ethiopia have some combined peacekeeping forces in Somalia. Uganda has also joined to bring some stability in the country. Somalia is now stable and preparing to have election because of our integrated efforts. So, we need to increase or encourage such kinds of cooperation in the region.”
The Ugandan Abubaker Bakulumpgi also appreciated the recent commitment of South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea to bring and sustain peace.
“I think the current political situation in the Horn is good. People are doing whatever they want and they are working peacefully,” he said.
Harmonization is important in the region, according to Bakulumpgi. “I think we have to harmonize some critical key issues, especially security. The countries should improve border issues, free movement. In general, we have to improve collaboration, and our governments need to work towards achieving these.”
The other Ugandan participant, Robert Gumisiriza said improvement of people-to-people interaction and attachment is happening in East Africa, particularly between the region’s most influential countries Ethiopia and Eritrea.
“The leaders in the region should work hard to integrate the countries in the region as the citizens are closely linked,” Gumisiriza noted.
He, however, added that the integration should not be confined to the political level but also expanded to every sector such as education, health and the like, so that the region can grow together.