The 3rd Tour d’EAC was flagged off on 1st August, 2019 at the Independence Monument in Kampala by Uganda’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for EAC Affairs, Hon. Dr Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, and the Tanzanian High Commissioner to Uganda, H.E. Aziz Ponary Mlima.
The Tour d’EAC 2019 covers 4,300 km around East Africa over a period of 50 days. Its aim is to promote the spirit of East Africanness among the people of East Africa and to show the tourism and business potential of the Community while enhancing awareness about the social and cultural wealth of people and places in the EAC.
The 3rd Tour d’EAC cyclists stopped at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania and were received by the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Eng. Steven Mlote.
Mr Mlote urged the cyclists to mobilize more youth in the region to appreciate the importance of regional integration as a way of empowering East Africans and making East Africa united and stronger.
In her remarks, Ms. Joyce Kevin Abalo, Senior Advisor-IIDEA representing Dr. Kirsten Focken, cluster Coordinator, GIZ-EAC congratulated the cyclist on their achievements and assured them of the support from the German Development Cooperation in terms of promotion of their initiative.
Ms. Abalo urged the Tour d’EAC Team to involve more women cyclists in the Tour as young women should also participate as citizens of East Africa as witnessed in earlier expeditions of the Tour d’EAC.
The Coordinator of the Tour D’EAC, Mr. John Balongo, requested the EAC Secretariat to include the Tour d’ EAC in its Calendar of Activities in the future and requested that all Ministries of EAC Affairs could consider supporting individual cyclists from their respective countries.
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