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East African Community

The East African Community (EAC) has a total population of more than 141 million and a GDP of USD 99 billion. Danida’s support aims to increase regional integration to create larger markets, increase competitiveness on the global market and attract foreign investors.

Thorning meets Sezibera 
Photo: Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, is being welcomed to the EAC Headquarters by the EAC Secretary General, Dr. Richard Sezibera, during her visit to Tanzania in March 2013.


Why does Denmark support EAC?

Regional integration is a part of Danida’s overall strategy for development. A more integrated East Africa will make it stronger on the global market and attract foreign investment. This will produce benefits for the citizens of the five member countries Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda in terms of, for instance, access to more wares, higher salaries and free movement in East Africa. 

How does Denmark support EAC?

The Danish support to regional integration in East Africa amounts to DKK 160 million (c USD 28.7 million) over the next three years. Some of the areas, Danida is supporting, are:

  • Trademark East Africa . This agency supports increased trade and cooperation in the region by working towards improving efficiency along the transport corridors and building capacity within the relevant ministries, departments and agencies that are critical to the integration process. This support is also extended to the Secretariat of the EAC.
  • EAC’s partnership fund . The fund is promoting the implementations of the customs union and the common market protocol that are already in place.

You can read more about EAC under “EAC in-depth” in the left side menu