In February, the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with GIZ, Kituo Cha Katiba (East African Centre for Constitutional Development) and Partner State Ministries responsible for EAC Affairs convened in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 6th EAC Communications Experts’ Forum to develop simplified and harmonised versions of key EAC documents and sensitisation materials.
The week-long meeting resulted in the development of simplified versions of the EAC Treaty, EAC Customs Union, Common Market and Monetary Union Protocols. The panel of experts also developed harmonised sensitisation materials on the political federation, social, productive and infrastructure sectors, as well as a general information guide on the EAC integration process.
The development of these documents is in line with the directives of the EAC Council of Ministers. The EAC will approve the validated documents, followed by mass production and dissemination of the same across all the EAC Partner States. The EAC will use the Communications Experts platform to, among other reasons, enhance understanding of the EAC integration process and benefits among the citizens, increase participation of people in the EAC policy formulation and decision-making processes and increase ownership of EAC integration by the citizenry.
Simplified versions were developed for the following documents:
- Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community
- EAC Protocol for the Establishment of the East African Community Customs Union
- Protocol on the establishment of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market
- Protocol establishing the East African Monetary Union
Information guides were developed for the:
- Political Federation;
- Productive Sector;
- Infrastructure Sector;
- Social Sector
- Achievements in the integration process 1999-2015
For more information, visit the EAC website