EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY
EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY - NYERERE CENTRE FOR PEACE RESEARCH (EAC-NCPR)
6TH EAC UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ DEBATE ON EAC INTEGRATION
OCTOBER 2018, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA
(CONCEPT NOTE-CALL OF APPLICATIONS)
The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organization of the Republics of Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Southern Sudan with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The Vision of the EAC is “A prosperous, competitive, secure, stable and politically united East Africa”. The Mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration in order to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.
The EAC integration is to be realized in an incremental progression through the stages of a Customs Union; Common Market; Monetary Union; and ultimately a Political Federation of the East African States. The Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community was signed on 30th November 1999 and became operational on 7th July 2000. Since the commencement of the EAC, the Partner States have established: 1) the Customs Union in 2005, which has led to easier movement of goods within the EAC region; 2) the Common Market in 2010, which has resulted in easier movement of workers, people, services and capital within the EAC region, and 3) the Monetary Union in 2013, (which upon full implementation within a period of 10 years) will result in, among others a single/common currency thereby facilitating easier movement of goods, workers, people, capital and services. The ultimate and the last stage of EAC integration is the Political Federation, institutional and capacity development to lay its foundation are going on with the drafting of a Political Confederation in course.