DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa and his Ugandan counterpart said on Monday that their countries were committed to regional integration.
â€œRegional integration is a process that cannot be reversed. Within five to 10 years regional integration will be on a larger scale,â€ Mkapa told a joint news conference after talks with the visiting Ugandan leader.
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are members of the East African Community (EAC), a body geared towards economic integration and eventually political union of the three states.
Mkapa and Museveni said they were confident that the protocol on the establishment of the EAC Customs Union would be signed as scheduled on February 16 in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha. â€œThere are some negotiations that are still going on,â€ President Mkapa said.
Museveni, Mkapa for integration