East African Community Common Market

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THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY PROTOCOL------------------------------------------5

• It’s Provision------------------------------------------------------------------------5

• Objectives of the Common Market-----------------------------------------------8

• Key benefactors-------------------------------------------------------------------12

• Achievements of the East African community---------------------------------15




The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organization of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Burundi with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The Treaty for Establishment of the East African Community was signed on 30th November 1999 and entered into force on 7th July 2000 following its ratification by the Original 3 Partner States – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Burundi acceded to the EAC Treaty on 18th June 2007 and became full Members of the Community with effect from 1st July 2007.

The EAC aims at widening and deepening co-operation among the Partner States in, among others, political, economic and social fields for their mutual benefit. To this extent the EAC countries established a Customs Union in 2005 and are working towards the establishment of a Common Market by 2010, subsequently a Monetary Union by 2012 and ultimately a Political Federation of the East African States.

The realization of a large regional economic bloc encompassing Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda with a combined population of more than 125 million people, land area of 1.82 million sq kilometres and a combined Gross Domestic Product of $60 billion (2008*), bears great strategic and geopolitical significance and prospects of a renewed and reinvigorated East African Community.

The regional integration process is at a high pitch at the moment. The encouraging progress of the East African Customs Union, the enlargement of the Community with admission of Rwanda and Burundi, the ongoing negotiations of the East African Common Market as well as the consultations on fast tracking the process towards East African Federation all underscore the serious determination of the East African leadership and citizens to construct a powerful and sustainable East African economic and political bloc.

The Organs of the East African community

1. The Summit

The Summit consists of the Heads of State or Government of the Partner States.

If a member of the Summit is unable to attend a meeting of the Summit and it is not convenient to postpone the meeting, that member may, after consultation with other members of the Summit, appoint a Minister of Government to attend the meeting. A Minister so appointed has, for purposes of that meeting, all the powers, duties and responsibilities of the member of the Summit for whom that person is acting.

Meetings of the Summit
The Summit meets at least once in every year and may hold extraordinary meetings at the request of any member of the Summit.

The tenure of office of the Chairperson of the Summit is one year and the office of the Chairperson is  held in rotation among the Partner States.

The decisions of the Summit are by consensus.
The Summit discusses business submitted to it by the Council and any other matter that may have a bearing on the Community.

Subject to the provisions of the Treaty for the...
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