A new project known as Digitalization of East African Trade and Integration(Digeat), has been launched to enable cross-border movement of Engineers within East Africa. The project will simplify how engineer’s in East Africa work with the region.
To improve the regulatory framework for the engineers in the labour movement across border, Germany committed €3million to the initiative. The project launch seen an agreement between the East African Community(EAC) and the German Aid Agency(GIZ). Digeat will support free movement of professionals through the implementation of the Mutual Recognition Agreements(MRAs).
The initiative will also forsee the implementation of the respective MRAs for the engineers and other professionals through the digitalization window. According to the EAC secretariant Digeat is expected to harness the application of the necessary digital services and tools. Peter Mathuki, EAC secretary-general who was among the members who signed the agreement on behalf of the regional arganization, lauded the intiative.
He also added that , EAC is committed to pushing for all the several patner states to leverage on new technologies. New technologies will help boost the migration of production and service delivery to digital platforms to enhance e-business opportunities across the region.
“To achieve this objective Digeat aims to make use of ICTs such as digital professional cards,e-registries, online information platforms and the like, added Mathuki. Mike Falke GIZ country director said increased trade in services and the seamless cross-border movement of professionals was a right move to deepen economic integration in the EAC.
“In order for this to succeed, the implementation of the existing, and potentially agreement on new, MRAs need to be advanced”, saild Falke.