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Facts About East African Community (EAC)

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In 2011 I worked as an Intern at the Ministry of East African Community. It was a great experience learning a lot about the structures of East African Community. At that there was a lot of hope of one day having EAC as a political federation using a common currency. Most of the experts were looking at the European Union as a role model.

In this article, I will highlight some of the important facts on EAC. The area has a population of 146 million people living on an area of 1.82 million square kilometers. The block has a Gross Domestic Product of USD$147.5 Billion (2015).

The regional body’s headquarters is based in Arusha, Tanzania. The body was first established in 1967 and dissolved in 1977. After several talks, the EAC was revived on 1st July, 2000. The official language used to conduct business is English.

The youngest member state to join EAC is the Republic of South Sudan. She joined the EAC block on 15 April, 2016.

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  1. hummingbird hummingbird 7th September 2016

    With the current challenges assailing the European union , do you thing political union for the EAC is feasible bearing in mind the socioeconomic and political dynamics of the region?.

    • Editor-in-Chief Editor-in-Chief Post author | 7th September 2016

      I know the challenges facing EU may influence the progress of EAC towards becoming a political federation. Despite that, EAC has to push on because it may be the first one to attain the political federation status. It is a wait and see.

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