EAC, Nordic Africa Institute sign MoU
ARUSHA, Tanzania, January 26, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The East African Community and the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the EAC Secretariat headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
The MoU creates a framework of cooperation with the overall objective of mobilizing the Institute’s competences and capacities and strategically using them to support the EAC’s regional integration agenda.
The cooperation will be realized under the Research and Capacity Development Partnership Programme (RCDPP), through which NAI will provide intellectual support to the EAC in matters related to the four clusters of its research competence, namely; globalisation, trade and regional integration; conflict, security and democratic transformation; rural and agrarian change, property and resources; urban dynamics.
EAC’s Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors Mr. Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, who represented the EAC Secretary General at the ceremony said with the MoU in place he was confident that the bloc and the Nordic Africa Institute would work together in a more coordinated manner.
Meanwhile the Nordic Africa Institute Director Carin Norberg lauded this step geared at enhancing collaboration, noting that the MoU “will open up avenues for us and our cooperation” and that it would expand research activities and knowledge to the mutual benefit of both parties.
The broad areas of co-operation will include research, publication of research findings, dissemination of research findings, professional development and joint mobilization and deployment of resources.
About the Nordic Africa Institute
The Nordic Africa Institute (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet) is a center for research, documentation and information on modern Africa in the Nordic region. Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the Institute is dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative research and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries and to strengthen the co-operation between African and Nordic researchers.