The World Bank has urged the Great Lakes countries to pursue deeper regional integration, arguing that forging stronger links will boost security and facilitate trade.
World Bank managing director and chief operating officer Sri Mulyani Indrawati encouraged regional efforts to combat communal violence, social exclusion, lack of access to land, and competition over resources.
"These challenges must be tackled by individual countries, but more often than not, they require collective action. Regional approaches are critical to leverage national efforts."
In particular, Indrawati...