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Technical Workshop on Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes 

among Revenue Authorities in the East African Community; Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha (Tanzania), 23–24 August 2012

In light of the ongoing integration efforts of the East African Community (EAC), effective information exchange among the Revenue Authorities of the Partner States is essential to ensure the correct application of tax laws while maintaining sovereignty over the application and enforcement of these laws.


Strengthening Popular Participation in the East African Community

The EAC, in cooperation with the GIZ-EAC Integration Programme, has designed a special manual to inform and sensitise non-state actors on the advantages of EAC integration. The manual was developed in close dialogue and cooperation with civil society and private sector organisations. A special quality assessment group was set up for this purpose, and the EAC Secretariat has customized the document to the needs of PSO and CSO in line with EAC communication standards.


Celebrating Gender Week 2012

Gender Mainstreaming in EAC Programmes -- The Example of the EAC-GIZ Small Arms & Light Weapons (SALW) Project

The procession to mark International
Women’s Day in Arusha gets set 

 EAC and GIZ celebrated the Gender Week 2012 through a multitude of activities to increase awareness on gender mainstreaming in EAC policies, focusing on the gender dimension of the proliferation of illicit small arms and lights weapons (SALW) in East Africa. The activities also aimed at enhancing the visibility of the East African Community (EAC) in the promotion of women’s rights and gender.
The activities were organised by EASSI, the Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for Women Empowerment, a regional organisation which has also been involved in developing a Gender Protocol for the EAC and a gender mainstreaming concept for the EAC-GIZ programme on Small Arms and Light Weapons.



 4th Business Climate Index 2011 

A new edition of the Business Climate Index for the EAC, carried out by the East African Business Council (EABC) in cooperation with the EAC-GIZ Integration Programme, sheds more light on the issue of non-tariff barriers.

This renewed BCI collects information on business conditions and tracks developments in the EAC business climate with special emphasis on NTBs. It provides a powerful instrument for the business sector to communicate their views and concerns to the public.

The BCI 2011 was officially launched on 27 April 2012 and will be presented in all five EAC partner States subsequently.


Frequent roadblocks are a challenge
to free trade in the EAC countries
  A summary version of the report is available here




Developing the East African Pharmaceutical Industry

The East African Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan of Action (EACRPMPOA) is a regional road-map to guide the East African Community towards an efficient and effective regional pharmaceutical manufacturing industry that can supply national, regional and international markets with efficacious and high-quality medicines.


Learning from the Eurozone challenges: EAC Monetary Union negotiating team embarks on study tour of European Union

Supported by the EAC-GIZ Programme ‘Support to the East African Community Integration Process’, a delegation of 20 high-ranking officials and members of the High Level Task Force (HLTF) negotiating the EAC Monetary Union Protocol from EAC Partner States has left for a study tour to Brussels, Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Berlin to enhance the region’s understanding of the EU's economic and monetary union.

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