EAC-GIZ Programme “Support to the EAC Integration Process”The East African Community
The five EAC Partner States are historically closely interlinked and depend on each other in their development perspective. Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda signed the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC in November 1999, Burundi and Rwanda joined in July 2007. The milestones of the EAC are fourfold: A Customs Union Protocol was signed in January 2005 and has been implemented since. The EAC Common Market Protocol became effective in July 2010. The next milestones will be the establishment of the East African Monetary Union (from 2012), followed by a Political Federation as the ultimate goal.
Regional economic integration has been a key to peace, stability and prosperity in Europe after the Second World War. The economic recovery of Germany after the war would not have been possible without European integration. From this historical experience and because of its geographical situation at the centre of Europe, sharing borders with many countries, Germany is one of the most important key drivers of economic and political regional integration. As such, German commitment to the EAC has always been based on the strong belief that regional cooperation is a central leverage point for the prevention of conflicts, the promotion of peace and reconciliation and for the opening of new avenues for economic and political development resulting in political stability, prosperity and peace.
German Support to the EAC
Already since 1997, German development cooperation, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation, (BMZ), contributes to capacity development of the EAC through a variety of programmes and projects:
GIZ Approach and Contributions
Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, we support people and societies worldwide in creating sustainable living conditions and building better futures. The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical competence and tried and tested management expertise. Since 1 January 2011, GIZ has brought together under one roof the capacities and long-standing experience of three organisations: the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany.
Within the scope of the EAC-GIZ programme, we offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services to our partners at the EAC. We facilitate change and empower our partners to take ownership of their development agendas.
The EAC-GIZ programme is part of the GIZ sector network of experts supporting regional economic integration worldwide. As such, synergies with GIZ programmes in support of other Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Sub-Saharan Africa and the African Union are fed into the methodological approach of the EAC-GIZ programme.
The EAC-GIZ programme also provides financial contributions to the joint EAC‑Development Partners Partnership Fund. The EAC Partnership Fund is a basket fund founded in 2006 which has currently 12 members and a budget of about EUR 7 million.
A EAC-German Joint Steering Committee comprising the Heads of the relevant departments of the EAC and representatives of the German implementing agencies was established for the joint planning and steering of the overall cooperation between Germany and the EAC.
2011 Work Plans for EAC/GIZ Programme
With a total commitment of over 48 million Euros since 1997, Germany is among the main contributors to the East African Community. The German government, through its various development agencies, has proven its long-term resolve to contribute to the regional integration process in East Africa.
The superior objective of German support to the East African integration process is to improve the living conditions of the people in the region. Support to East African integration through the EAC-GIZ Programme is an important step in that direction.
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