Riders to Push EAC Integration Agenda

A cycling tour involving 100 people from East African Community (EAC) member states has been organised to promote regional integration and boost tourism in the region through adventurous learning programmes.

The tour, organised by a Non-Profit Organisation Tour D'EAC, will involve cyclists from all six EAC countries in 60 days, covering a total of 6,000 kilometre from August 1, this year, to September 30.

The project manager, Mr Hakim Abdul, told The Citizen that the tour is meant to bring together members of the EAC with the goal of making people aware of the importance of regional integration.

"The tour through the power of sports intends to unite people across our diverse cultural, economic, religious and national divides on how integration can help boost sport, culture, business and security within our communities," said Abdul. The tour, which will be taking for the third time with Tanzania being the host country this time, will be flagged off in Dar es Salaam at the ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters.

"The cyclists will start in Dar es Salaam and head off to Arusha before riding to Nairobi via the Namanga border. Thereafter, they will ride to South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and come back to Tanzania through Kigoma," said Abdul.

Source: AllAfrica