Youth in region has potential and are capable of designing a new look for the Community - says Rwanda Official
East African Community Secretariat; Arusha, Tanzania; 07 June 2017:
An official from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs of the Republic of Rwanda has commended the EAC Secretariat for implementing the Council decision on involving the Youth in the region to develop a new EAC Brand Architecture.
Speaking during the sensitization of and launch of the design competition for a new EAC emblem and logo in the Republic of Rwanda, held at the College of Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Rwanda, Huye (Butare) Campus on Wednesday 7th June 2017, the Ag. Director General of EAC Integration at the Ministry, Ms. Flavia Salafina, said the youths in region had potential and were capable of designing a new look for the Community.
Ms. Flavia Salafina, who was representing the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs, Ms. Rosemary Mbabazi, commended the Principal of the College, Dr. Didas Muganga Kayihura and the Dean of Students, Mr. Fabian Rugiriza for hosting the event at a busy time when the students were taking their exams.
She allayed the EAC Secretariat’s fears that in the event that none of the entries/proposals were accepted by the Secretariat and the Partner States, there shall be no winner and the Secretariat may seek designs via other procurement methods, saying “I want to assure the Secretariat that the youth in the region, including those in Rwanda, will be up to the challenge and do the job!”
She challenged the Graphic Arts students to work hard and ensure they make entries to the competition and win the prizes. “You will do the Community and Rwanda in particular proud if you propose the best new look for the EAC”, said the Ag. Director General.
The Dean of Students, Mr. Fabian Rugiriza was proud that the University of Rwanda was chosen to host the event and was affirmative that the Design Arts students at the College will take part and win prizes.
“Our students designed the logo for the University, so expect entries from them.” “Your coming to this University shows how passionate the Community is in regard to engaging the youth in regional integration process. By involving them in the design of the emblem and logos, they will now associate more with the integration agenda and the EAC”, said the Dean.
Guidelines for participating in the EAC Brand Architecture Design Competition is available on www.eac.int. The Competition period is from 1st June 2017 to 31st August 2017.
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