Rwanda president Paul Kagame has taken over the leadership of the East African community from Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
While taking over the leadership of the regional body, President Kagame called on all East Africans to ensure that the community works for the common good of all the people of the region.
He said the EAC is a people-centered institution and its success will be measured by the number of people benefiting from its programmes.
President Kagame said his focus will be to enhance manufacturing, infrastructure development, improving healthcare provision and strengthening security systems to deal with cross border security threats especially terrorism and violent extremism.
The East African Community leaders who met in Arusha on Friday for the 20th Heads of State Summit said integration policies resulted in many achievements including the construction of several inter-country link roads, implemented a credits transfer framework for East African Universities, set up several One-Stop Border Posts as well as implemented projects in water and health provision.
However, it was a no show for the heads of states from Burundi and South Sudan.