A report on East African Community

From left to right: President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, and President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania during the eighth EAC summit in Arusha, November 2006.
EAC heads in 2009. From left to right: Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi).
Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the 2006 EAC summit. Rwanda joined the EAC on 1 July 2007.
Three EAC countries border Lake Victoria.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, located in Tanzania.
Diani Beach, Kilifi County, Kenya.
{{flagicon|Burundi}} Burundi
{{flagicon|Democratic Republic of the Congo}} Democratic Republic of the Congo
{{flagicon|Kenya}} Kenya
{{flagicon|Rwanda}} Rwanda
{{flagicon|South Sudan}} South Sudan
{{flagicon|Tanzania}} Tanzania
{{flagicon|Uganda}} Uganda

Intergovernmental organisation composed of seven countries in the Great Lakes region of East Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republics of Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda.

- East African Community

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Kagame in 2014

Paul Kagame

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Rwandan politician and former military officer.

Rwandan politician and former military officer.

Kagame in 2014
Kagame served under Yoweri Museveni (pictured) in the Ugandan Bush War.
The Virunga Mountains, Kagame's RPF base from 1990 to 1991
Jeannette Kagame
Vice President Kagame with United States Secretary of Defense William J. Perry in July 1994
Refugee camp in Zaire, 1994
Kagame in 2010
Kagame with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June 2018
A view of Kigali in 2018. Kagame has stated that he believes Rwanda can emulate the economic development of Singapore.
Anti-government rebels from the March 23 (M23) Movement, widely considered to have been supported by Rwanda, during their capture of the provincial capital at Goma in North Kivu in November 2012.
Kagame with the other four East African Community Heads of States in April 2009
Paul Kagame with United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in September 2009
Kagame visited the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary conference in Busan, South Korea.

Kagame has had mostly good relations with the East African Community and the United States; his relations with France were poor until 2009.

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African Economic Community

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Organization of African Union states establishing grounds for mutual economic development among the majority of African states.

Organization of African Union states establishing grounds for mutual economic development among the majority of African states.

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Other trade blocs in Africa not part of the African Economic Community.
GAFTA
CEPGL
COI
LGA
MRU

The African Free Trade Zone (AFTZ) was announced on Wednesday October 22, 2008 by the heads of Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC).

Salva Kiir Mayardit

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South Sudanese politician who has been President of South Sudan since its independence on July 9, 2011.

South Sudanese politician who has been President of South Sudan since its independence on July 9, 2011.

Salva Kiir Mayardit in military uniform
Omar al-Bashir (right), President of Sudan, watches a ceremony celebrating the founding of South Sudan with Kiir in 2011.
Kiir with United States President George W. Bush
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with President Kiir, May 26, 2013

In mid-October 2011, Kiir announced South Sudan had applied for accession to the East African Community.

Richard Sezibera

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Rwandan medical doctor, diplomat and politician, who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 18 October 2018 until November 4, 2019.

Rwandan medical doctor, diplomat and politician, who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 18 October 2018 until November 4, 2019.

Previously, he was the 4th Secretary General of the East African Community.

Amanya Mushega

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Ugandan lawyer, politician, diplomat, and civil servant.

Ugandan lawyer, politician, diplomat, and civil servant.

He served as the secretary general of the East African Community (EAC) from 2001 until 2006.

KCB Group

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Financial services holding company based in the African Great Lakes region.

Financial services holding company based in the African Great Lakes region.

With its establishment, KCB became the first financial services group to establish subsidiaries in all countries of the East African Community.

Juma Mwapachu

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Juma Volter Mwapachu (born 27 September 1942 in Mwanza, Tanzania) is a Tanzanian politician and former Secretary General of the East African Community.

Francis Muthaura

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Kenyan former civil servant and close ally of former President Mwai Kibaki.

Kenyan former civil servant and close ally of former President Mwai Kibaki.

From 14 March 1996 to 24 April 2001 he was the Secretary General of the East African Community.

Libérat Mfumukeko

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Burundian diplomat and civil servant.

Burundian diplomat and civil servant.

He was the Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) from 2 March 2016 to 25 April 2021, replacing Richard Sezibera.

Kenyatta attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, 2014

Uhuru Kenyatta

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Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (

Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (

Kenyatta attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, 2014
Uhuru with his father and the West German President Heinrich Lübke.
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet President Uhuru Kenyatta in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, 5 August 2014.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia to discuss the situation in South Sudan at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on 5 August 2014
Presidential Standard of Uhuru Kenyatta
U.S. President Donald Trump with President Kenyatta in Washington, D.C., on 27 August 2018
President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta with the British Foreign Secretary William Hague at an international conference in London (May 2013)
Map highlighting countries where Kenyatta made official visits while president

At the East African level, he has developed a close relationship with the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda President Paul Kagame, creating the Coalition of the Willing, a caucus within the EAC that has signed on to more joint development and economic agreements than the other EAC partners, including a joint tourist visa.