• Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Chairperson of the Summit
  • Excellencies, Heads of State and Government
  • Secretary-General
  • Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

I first wish to congratulate the new Chairperson of the Summit, my brother President Uhuru Kenyatta.

I also extend a warm welcome to our new Secretary-General, Dr Peter Mathuki. We look forward to working closely with you.

I thank our outgoing Secretary-General, Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko, for his dedication and service to our organisation, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

Let me also thank the Heads of State, as well as the East African Community Secretariat, for the cooperation afforded to Rwanda during our tenure as Chair.

This has been a year like no other, for East Africa and for the world.

Our health systems have been challenged like never before, and the disruption to travel and trade has been significant.

This situation has had real impacts on the well-being and livelihoods of our people.

However, the positive examples of cooperation we have seen, through our East African Community institutions, has played a role in mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

Our focus now should be on rebuilding stronger than before, with closer regional cooperation as a pillar of our resilience and prosperity.

Let us continue in this spirit, and actually do even more and better, together.

Thank you for your attention.