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Regional Info: EAC

Economic Background

Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have enjoyed a long history of co-operation under successive regional integration arrangements. These have included the customs union between Kenya and Uganda in 1917, which the then Tanganyika (now Tanzania) later joined in 1927; the East African High Commission (1948-1961); the East African Common Services Organisation (1961-1967); the East African Community (1967-1977) and the East African Co-operation (1993-2000).

Following the dissolution of the former East African Community in 1977, although the member states agreed at the time to explore areas of future co-operation and to make concrete arrangements for such co-operation.

Subsequent meetings led to the signing of the Agreement for the Establishment of the Permanent Tripartite Commission for East African Co-operation on November 30, 1993. Full East African co-operation operations started on March 14, 1996 when the Secretariat of the Permanent Tripartite Commission was launched at the Headquarters of the EAC in Arusha, Tanzania.

Subsequently, a regional summit in Arusha on 29 April 1997 directed the Permanent Tripartite Commission to start the process of upgrading the Agreement establishing the Permanent Tripartite Commission for East African Co-operation into a full treaty. This process was concluded within 3 years with the signing of the treaty on 30 November 1999. 

The treaty entered into force on 7 July 2000 following the conclusion of the process of its ratification and deposit of the instruments of ratification by all the three Partner States. (Source: EAC Secretariat)

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EAC Common market implementation impact of container cash deposit requirement in Kenya: The Case of private sector firms in Rwanda

EAC Common market implementation impact of container cash deposit requirement in Kenya: The Case of private sector firms in Rwanda

To highlight the impact of Mombasa Port container cash charges on regional trade and business, the Hub created the following case study focused on Rwanda private sector firms. The study demonstrates the need for a solution to the cash deposit requirement in order to reduce the cost of doing business. The study reveals long administrative time gaps between claim submission and deposit recovery that impact on business cash flow and adds...

Author East Africa Trade and Investment Hub
Organisation USAID
Publish Date 22 July 2018
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AGOA 101 Kenya - Exporter Guide 2018

AGOA 101 Kenya - Exporter Guide 2018

The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub helps East African businesses take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). AGOA allows for duty-free export of over 6,000 products. This guide outlines the step-by-step process that Kenyan businesses should take to export to the United States of America (U.S.A.) duty-free through AGOA and gives a general overview for the export of all AGOA products from Kenya. It...

Author EA Trade Hub - USAID - Kenya MITC
Organisation USAID
Publish Date 08 June 2018
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EAC - United States (TIFA)

EAC - United States (TIFA)

Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between the East African Community (EAC) and the Government of the United States of America.

Author EAC - US
Organisation EAC - US
Publish Date 16 July 2008
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