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East African Community

Updated: May 2

When I talk about EAC, it's East African Community therefore it is found in East Africa. It was formed in 1967 mainly to promote trade among countries and also;

 To promote unity and cooperation among member states

 To create a wider market for their goods.


When I say member states, I mean the countries that make up the East African Community. 

EAC was formed by three countries in 1967 and these were Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania each country had a president that helped in the forming of the East African Community, H.E Dr Apollo Milton Obote from Uganda, H.E Jomo Kenyatta from Kenya and Julius Nyerere from Tanzania.


These member states benefit a lot from this Organisation For example EAC enable countries to get goods they cannot produce, creating a wider market for goods, It has also promoted the free movement of people, and goods across borders of member states, which means when a person is moving to one of the  East African Community countrieshe/she doesn't require a visa. After operating for 10 years EAC collapsed in 1977 due to shortage of funds and many other factors.


 H.E Idi Amin Dada from Uganda, H.E Jomo Kenyatta from Kenya and Julius Nyerere from Tanzania were the presidents by the time it collapsed. Between 1993- 1999preparation were made to revive it, and EAC was officially revived in 2000. Presidents were H.E  Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for Uganda, H.E Daniel Arap Moi for Kenya and H.E Fredrick Mkapa for Tanzania.


Since then, EAC has expanded to seven member states after Rwanda and Burundi joined in 2007, South Sudan in 2016 and recently DRC in 2022.

By : KISAKYE JIEL

Primary Six



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