6 Editorial R egional integration and the global economy continue to face challenges due to political changes and protectionist trends in many parts of the world. Nevertheless, East African integration has progressed in many areas. This Journal about the GIZ-EAC cooperation shows some of the results and benefits of this cooperation and the EAC integration process. Germany has a long-standing commitment to economic and political regional integration. The conviction that regional cooperation is a central leverage point for the prevention of conflicts, the promotion of peace, and for the opening of new avenues for economic and political development resulting in political stability, prosperity, and peace, has been at the centre of German commitment to the EAC since the start of the cooperation in 1998. The recent government negotiations in October 2018 between EAC and Germany reaffirmed the long-standing relationship, as new commitments amounting to 61.5 million Euro were agreed. The EAC-German cooperation programme implemented by GIZ and funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is working closely with the EAC Secretariat and the Partner States, focusing on the Customs Union, the Common Market and the preparation of the Monetary Union.The various projects are implementing initiatives that support regional integration also with organisations from the private sector, civil society and academia. Further headway was made in implementing the Customs Union by implementing trade facilitation agreements such as the Authorized Economic Operator Scheme. The Trade in Services negotiations are finalised for the main sectors. The Monetary Union preparation was advanced by study tours to European central banks and financial institutions to look at how the Euro-zone countries manage the challenges and opportunities of a monetary union in the EU context. The IIDEA project (the Incubator for Integration and Development in EastAfrica) supports a multitude of projects that demonstrate the benefits of East African integration for citizen. Improvements of the steering of integration by our partner, the East African Community Secretariat, were achieved through support of QMS processes, communication, the East African Monitoring System and coordination among the departments. In August2018theGIZportfoliosupportingEACintegration was extended by a joint programme with the European Union to support market access in selected agricultural sectors. GIZ supports the EAC Secretariat to steer the overall project and harmonise regional standards.