EAC Legal Texts and Policy Documents

EAC Legal Texts and Policy Documents

Download Resources

Login or Register to access these files. Scroll down to view the full list of downloads available.


The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five east African states with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The Treaty for Establishment of the East African Community was signed on 30 November 1999 and entered into force on 7 July 2000. The EAC aims at widening and deepening co-operation among the Partner States in, among others, political, economic and social fields for their mutual benefit. To this extent the EAC countries established a Customs Union in 2005 and are working towards the establishment of a Common Market by 2010, subsequently a Monetary Union by 2012 and ultimately a Political Federation of the East African States.

The five member states of the EAC are Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The Republic of South Sudan was admitted as the sixth member of the EAC at the 17th Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State on 2 March 2016 in Arusha. For more information go to the EAC website.

East African Community Vision 2050

Cognisant of the importance of a vision for the region and the existing development challenges, the EAC has set out to define a clear long-term Vision that will inspire all stakeholders towards a common development trajectory – Vision 2050. The rationale for the Vision 2050 is to provide a catalyst for the region to enhance transformation for growth and development and move the community to a higher income cohort and subsequently achieve an upper middle income status. It is envisaged that by 2050 EAC will have been transformed into an upper-middle income region within a secure and politically united East Africa based on the principles of inclusiveness and accountability.

  • EAC Vision 2050 - February 2016 (PDF, 4.27 MB)

EAC Facts and Figures

The EAC Facts and Figures Report presents empirical data of socio-economic indicators in the region from which trends of development and growth levels can be analyzed. It targets a wide spectrum of users including policy makers, researchers, investors, academicians and development Partners.

  • East African Community Facts and Figures - 2016 (PDF, 1.73 MB)
  • East African Community Facts and Figures - 2015 (PDF, 1.4 MB)

EAC Treaties

  • Amended Treaty for the Establishment of EAC (PDF, 690 KB)

  • Protocol on the Establishment of the East African Customs Union (PDF, 563 KB)

    • EAC Customs Union (Rules of Origin) Rules (PDF, 228 KB)
    • EAC Rules of Origin 2015 (PDF, 792 KB)

    • EAC Customs Management Act, 2004 (Revised 2009) (PDF, 1.01 MB)
    • EAC Customs Management (Amendment) Act, 2011 (PDF, 18 KB)
    • EAC Customs Management Regulations - 2010 (PDF, 408 KB)

    • EAC Common External Tariff - 2017 (PDF)
    • EAC Common External Tariff - 2012 (PDF, 4.34 MB)
    • EAC Common External Tariff - 2007 (PDF, 1930 KB)

  • Protocol on the Establishment of the East African Community Common Market (PDF, 508 KB)

    • Annex I: Free Movement of Persons Regulations (PDF, 125 KB)
    • Annex II: Free Movement of Workers Regulations (PDF, 453 KB)
    • Annex III: Right of Establishment Regulations (PDF, 205 KB)
    • Annex IV: Right of Residence Regulations (PDF, 185 KB)
    • Annex V: Schedule of Commitments on the Progressive Liberalisation of Services (PDF, 920 KB)
    • Annex VI: Schedule on the Removal of Restrictions on the Free Movement of Capital (PDF, 240 KB)

  • Protocol on the Establishment of the East African Community Monetary Union (PDF, 474 KB)

EAC Acts and Bills

  • East African Community One Stop Border Posts Act, 2016 (PDF, 112 KB)
  • EAC Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers Bill, 2015 (PDF, 2.9 MB)
  • EAC Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers Bill, 2014 (PDF, 276 KB)
  • EAC Electronic Transaction Bill, 2014 (PDF, 5.96 MB)
  • EAC Co-operative Societies Bill, 2014 (PDF, 194 KB)
  • EAC Cross Border Legal Practice Bill, 2014 (PDF, 4.73 MB)
  • EAC Integration (Education) Bill, 2014 (PDF, 1.86 MB)
  • Draft EAC Bill on Legally Binding Enforcement Mechanism for the Elimination of Identified Non-Tariff Barriers, 2013 (PDF, 249 KB)
  • EAC One Stop Border Posts Bill, 2012 (PDF, 3.25 MB)

Regional Policies and Strategies

  • Single Customs Territory Procedures Manual, 2014 (PDF, 1.38 MB)
  • EAC Investment Guidebook, 2013 (PDF, 2.37 MB)
  • Framework for attainment of the EAC Single Customs Territory 2013 (PDF, 3.58 MB)
  • 4th EAC Development Strategy 2011/12 - 2015/16 (PDF, 1.68 MB)
  • EAC Competition Regulations 2010 (PDF, 351 KB)
  • EAC Competition Act 2006 (PDF, 200 KB)
  • Draft Roadmap Towards Effective Promotion of Investments in EAC 2008 (PDF, 90 KB)
  • EAC Model Investment Code 2006 (PDF, 229 KB)
  • Joint Export and Investment Promotion Strategies for the EAC (2006-2010) (PDF, 341 KB)
  • EAC Industrialisation Strategy 2012 (PDF, 2.35 MB)
  • EAC Industrialisation Policy 2012 (PDF, 466 KB)
  • EAC Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Meteorology and Testing Act 2006 (PDF, 330 KB)
    • EAC SQAM (Enforcement of Technical Regulations in Partner States) Regulations 2013 (PDF, 28 KB)
    • EAC SQAM (Product Certification In The Partner States) Regulations 2013 (PDF, 27 KB)
    • EAC SQAM (Designation Of Testing Laboratories) Regulations 2013 (PDF, 36 KB)
  • Draft Protocol on Regional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Networks 2010 (PDF, 224 KB)
  • Draft EAC Protocol on Foreign Policy Coordination 2010 (PDF, 149 KB)
  • EAC Private Sector Development (PSD) Strategy 2006 (PDF, 307 KB)
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy 2006 (PDF, 2.27 MB)
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Policy 2006 (PDF, 834 KB)
  • Protocol on Environment and Natural Resources Management 2006 (PDF, 292 KB)
  • EAC Climate Change Policy 2011 (PDF, 520 KB)
  • Climate Change Strategy 2011 (PDF, 2.01 MB)
  • Climate Change Master Plan 2011-2031 (PDF, 2.85 MB)

Status update

Update on the status of EAC Protocols and Other Annexes to the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community as at March 2013.

  • EAC Protocols Update (March 2013) (PDF, 81 KB)

EAC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

Please visit the Africa’s external relations page for more.

WTO Trade Policy Review of the East African Community

One of the functions of the WTO is to conduct periodic reviews of the trade policies and practices of its members. The second review of the trade policies and practices of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda took place on 21 and 23 November 2012. The report and its various annexes are available below:

  • Secretariat Report (PDF, 847 KB)
  • Reports by the East African Community members (PDF, 1.09 MB)
    • Annex 1 Burundi (PDF, 1.49 MB)
    • Annex 2 Kenya (PDF, 1.39 MB)
    • Annex 3 Rwanda (PDF, 1.74 MB)
    • Annex 4 Tanzania (PDF, 1.26 MB)
    • Annex 5 Uganda (PDF, 1.2 MB)

While tralac endeavours to list current legal instruments, we cannot accept responsibility or liability for any inaccuracies or omissions. The negotiation, ratification, implementation and/or modification of these instruments is an ongoing process and not always well-reported or updated by the relevant authorities. All documents are in English unless stated otherwise.

Membership (registration) to this site provides you with full access to all our regional and national resources. Your secured profile information provides us with crucial analytical data and will be used for monitoring purposes only. By registering to access these resources, you agree to abide by tralac’s Terms and Conditions.