The East African Community Member States, on 10th March 2017, held a joint event at the on-going ITB Berlin - the world's largest tourism trade fair that opened on 8th March and runs up to 12th March 2017.
H.E. Philip Marmo, Tanzania's Ambassador to Germany, welcomed guests to the joint event that was held at the Tanzanian Stand before inviting Hon. Christopher Bazivamo, EAC Deputy Secretary General to introduce the other VIP guests who included Hon. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, Uganda's Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and H.E. Marcel Tibaleka, Uganda's Ambassador to Germany.
The joint statement was made by Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania's Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism. He commended the East African Community countries for working together as one people towards a common destiny. He said the EAC had set a milestone through the operationalization of the Common Market Protocol which, among others, allows the free movement of goods and services in the tourism and hospitality sector. He said that the EAC with a combined GDP of US $95 billion was now promoting the region as a single tourist destination. The region has unique and awesome features, cultures and breath-taking sites. He encouraged those who had never visited the region to consider doing so and assured them that their visit would remain unforgettable.
Guests were entertained by traditional dancers from Uganda and Rwanda.