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EAC Priorities 2017 - 2021

  Consolidation of the Single Customs Territory (SCT).

  Infrastructure development in the region.

  Enhancing free movement of all factors of production across the Partner States.

  Enhancement of regional industrial development.

  Improvement of agricultural productivity and value addition.

  Promotion of regional peace, security and good governance.

enterprise  Institutional transformation at the regional and Partner State levels.

 
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Customs Union

Through the Customs Union Protocol, trade within the EAC region has been enhanced significantly. Additionally, EAC has been an attractive foreign direct investment hub.

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Common Market

EAC guides the free movement of goods, people, labour, services and capital from one Partner State to another as well as the rights of establishment and residence without restrictions.

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Monetary Union

The East African Monetary Union Protocol provides for the attainment of a single currency for daily transactions within the Common Market.

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Political
Federation

The EAC Partner States envisage coming together to form a super-state under a single political authority / government.

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EAC at A Glance

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of six (6) Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The EAC is structured into seven main Organs:

The Community also has nine institutions, three of which became operational in July 2015.

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Online Tools & Services

 
EAC Trade Information Portal

EAC Trade Information Portal
The EAC Trade Information Portal (TIP) gives access to step-by-step guides on licenses, pre-clearance permits and clearance formalities for the most traded goods within, to and from the East African Community EAC).

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EAC Health Portal

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The EAC Health Portal is the official comprehensive compendium of health information in East Africa. A dynamic, structured, and interactive single-point-of-access of health information in the region.

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50 Million African Women Speak

 
50MAWS1

50 Million African Women Speak is a digital platform which is available via web and as a mobile App. The platform is designed as a one-stop shop for the information needs of African women in business.

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EAC Open Data Portal
 
EAC Data Portal

With the Data Portal, you can visualize Socio-Economic indicators over a period of time, gain access to presentation-ready graphics and perform comprehensive analysis on a Country and Regional level.

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EAC VISION 2050 - Pillars & Goals

Infrastructure Development

Infrastructure Development

Access to afforable and efficient transport, energy, and communication for increased regional Competitiveness

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Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development

Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development

Enhanced Agricultural productivity for food security and transformed rural economy

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Industrialization

Industrialization

Structural tranformation of the industrial and manufacturing sector through value addition and product deversification based on comparative advantage for regional competitive advantage.

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Natural Resources  & Environment Management

Natural Resources & Environment Management

Effective and sustainable use of natural resources with enhanced value addition and management.

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Tourism, Trade & Services Development

Tourism, Trade & Services Development

Leverage on the tourism and services value chain and building on the homogeneity of regional cultures and linkages

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Human Capital Development

Human Capital Development

Well-educated and healthy human resources.

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Timeline of East African Regional Integration

  • 1897 - 1901
    Railway lines across Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika open up the region for colonial development under the management of the East African Railways Cooperation.
  • 1900 - 1917
    Customs for goods destined for Uganda are collected at Mombasa port, and a full Customs Union comprising Kenya, Uganda and, later, Tanganyika is established in 1917.
  • 1905 - 1940
    The East African Currency Board, the Postal Union, the Court of Appeal for Eastern Africa, the East African Governors’ Conference, the East African Income Tax Board and the Joint Economic Council are established.
  • 1946
    The East African Airways Corporation is incorporated. It covered not only the East African region, but operated across Africa, connecting also to Europe and India.
  • 1948 - 1961
    The East African High Commission (EACH) is the coordinating body to deal with a customs union, a common external tariff, currency and post- age; and also with common services in transport and communications, research and education.
  • 1961
    Following independence, the East African High Commission is replaced by the East African Common Services Organisation (EACSO), which many observers thought would lead to a political federation between the three territories. However, the new organisation suffered from a lack of joint planning and fiscal policy, separate political policies and Kenya’s dominant economic position.
  • 1967
    Signing of the ‘Treaty for East African Cooperation’ among Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Dissolution of the first East African Community.
  • 1999
    The Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community was signed by the three Presidents of the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania on 30th November, 1999. 30th November is recognized as EAC Day across the region.
  • 2005
    The Protocol for the establishment of the EAC Customs Union was signed on 1st July, 2005.
  • 2007
    The Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Burundi were admitted and became full members of EAC on 1st July, 2007.
  • 2010
    The EAC Common Market Protocol entered into force on 1st July, 2010, an expansion of the bloc’s existing Customs Union.
  • 2013
    The East African Monetary Union (EAMU) is the third milestone of the EAC integration process. The EAMU Protocol was signed on 30th November, 2013 and set the groundwork for a monetary union within 10 years while allowing the EAC Partner States to progressively converge their currencies into a single currency in the Community.
  • 2016
    The Republic of South Sudan was admitted and became a full member of EAC on 5th September, 2016.
  • 2017
    On 20th May, 2017, the EAC Heads of State adopted the Political Confederation as a transitional model of the East African Political Federation.

East African Community
EAC Close
Afrika Mashariki Road
P.O. Box 1096
Arusha
United Republic of Tanzania

Tel: +255 (0)27 216 2100
Fax: +255 (0)27 216 2190
Email: eac@eachq.org