EAC and Customs Union & Common Market
While the objectives of the East African Community cover almost all spheres of life, the main goal of the Customs Union is the formation of a Single Customs Territory and the implementation of the Common Market Protocol. It is within this context, that internal tariffs and non-tariff barriers that could hinder trade between the Partner States have to be eliminated in order to facilitate cross-border trade through the formation of single market and investment area. Similarly, policies relating to trade between the Partner States and other countries, such as the external tariffs must be harmonised. Within a Customs Union, Partner States acting as a Single Customs Territory and trading bloc will be able to enjoy economies of scale, with a view to speed up economic development and growth in the region.
The German Government supports this EAC Sector under Core Area 1 of EAC-German cooperation as defined by BMZ 2030 – “Sustainable Economic Development, Training and Employment” in the Intervention Area of “Socially and Environmentally Sound Supply Chains, Trade and Sustainable Infrastructure”. The cooperation directly contributes to implement four of the eight priority areas defined by the 6th EAC Development Strategy, namely “Customs Services that Facilitate Legitimate Trade and Investment”, “Re-engineering Production and Logistics Arrangements in Line with Digitalised Frameworks”, “Development of Regional Infrastructure”, and “Awareness Creation”. The BMZ 2030 reform strategy focuses on a new quality of cooperation. More information on BMZ 2030 can be found here.