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Plans for Political Union?[edit]

Hi - can someone knowledgable please elaborate on the plans for political union? Does this mean an actual confederation, or an EU style system, or something else?

Just FYI, the EU is *more* than a confederation, but less than a federation. —Nightstallion (?) 10:15, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
Sorry - was referring to confederal states.
I believe the plans for the political union are based on the United Kingdom model where England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are recognized as one single political entity with a common parliament but are still individual states. Initially, the plan is for a rotational presidency. Falconsgladiator 20:35, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

I noticed that there's also an East African Legislative Assembly (see http://www.eac.int/news_2006_03_ministers_sworn.htm and http://www.eac.int/eala/ ) which seems to be linked with the EAC. Perhaps it should be mentioned on this page? (I don't know anything about its activities or responsibilities, only that it exists.)

How would this political union affect the countries voting rights within the African Union? Instead of five votes, get one? Same with United Nations? And if so why would they want this? 98.28.114.217 (talk) 04:31, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

Rwanda and Burundi accession[edit]

There is history missing here, when and how did Rwanda and Burundi join? Most of the article is written as if there are 3 members, and it is all disjointed. Ottawakismet (talk) 22:53, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

Population Inconsistency?[edit]

Inconsistency! The population of the EAC is stated as being both 80 million and near 100 million on this page.

Agreed; the Wikipedia pages for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania give their populations as 34,256,000; 28,816,000; and 38,329,000 respectively, giving a total for 101,401,000 (whereas at the base of the page, the population figures seem to be from the CIA factbook and the IMF). I'll update the figure at the top to be "near 100 million". --Assemblany 04:55, 6 June 2006 (UTC)
The EAC lists its population as being around 120-125 million on info pamphlets it hands out. I will update accordingly. Nicolasdz (talk) 09:40, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
How is Dar es Salaam the EAC's largest city and not Nairobi? The latter's population is arguably double that of the former. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.63.251.15 (talk) 15:31, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

Time zone?[edit]

Will Rwanda and Burundi change their time zone to match the majority of the new federation? --ChoChoPK (球球PK) (talk | contrib) 09:07, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Official Language of the EAC?[edit]

Can someone find a source for what the EAC's official langauge(s) is? I checked their website and nothing popped out at me immediately. All of the docs seem to be in English, but when the presidents come together and chat, wouldn't they use Swhahili? Or am I just being ignorant? Nicolasdz 12:50, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

I now know that the official language of the EAC is English, although there is a move on the one part by Tanzanians to make Swahili an official language, and on the other hand an effort by Burundi an Rwanda to have French as at least a working language. Nicolasdz (talk) 09:30, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Is it "the EAC" of just "EAC"?[edit]

Currently the article is inconsistent in its usage. Nicolasdz 12:50, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Merge? East African Federation[edit]

if these are the same organization: East African Federation —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.241.137.237 (talk) 05:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Perhaps the two articles should be merged, but the EAC and the EAF are not exactly the same organization - the EAF is the end-goal of the regional integration process currently overseen by the EAC, whereby the five East African countries come together into one single political entity. Nicolasdz (talk) 09:32, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

logo without Rwanda and Burundi[edit]

Can it be that the logo has still the form depicted in the article? This logo shows a map with the countries Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The new member states, as of 2007, Rwanda and Burundi are omitted. I suppose we need an upate here. Tomeasy T C 22:34, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

Currency Union[edit]

According to [[1]] (click and then go to "EAC Development Strategy 2006-2010") the currency Union is to take place in the next phase, 2011 - 2015. I will make the appropriate changes. 140.90.131.108 (talk) 17:42, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Map changes[edit]

The map needs to be updated to reflect the independence of South Sudan. I believe Lesotho is also absent from the map for some reason, presumably an oversight. -Kudzu1 (talk) 09:20, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Single tourist visa[edit]

This section needs to be rewritten as it still seems to be looking forward to November 2006. As that time is obviously past and the proposal has not come about, changes need to be made. Information about factors that prevented the implementation and what plans exist for proceeding (new timetables, etc) would be useful. --Khajidha (talk) 15:51, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Why does Somalia want to join the EAC? They have nothing in common with these countries. They should only be with other Northeast African countries. Will they be accepted? I hope not. http://goobjoog.com/english/?p=9273 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 166.137.244.80 (talk) 21:11, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

The Somalian government sees the EAC as a way to facilitate its already substantial business activities in the Great Lakes region. However, it didn't originally apply to join the organization. What happened was that during the transitional period, one particular politician tried to unilaterally make an "arrangement" to that effect for his own personal gain. A similar shady "arrangement" was attempted to transfer part of Somalia's territorial waters to Kenya; again not for the national interest, but instead for the benefit of a few. Both "arrangements" were later rejected; the former by the EAC itself, and the latter by the Somalian parliament. Fast forward to 2014, and Somalia is now suing Kenya in an international court for attempting to make off with its territorial waters [2]. Whether or not Somalia joins this trading bloc thus remains to be seen. It would probably be better off instead joining the larger COMESA. Middayexpress (talk) 21:39, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
i think they won't join cause they have the igad and the water dispute. They should join the common market thing. What do you think are the odds? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 166.170.35.108 (talk) 21:56, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
The IGAD trading bloc membership indeed makes the EAC rather redundant. However, the Somalian government has been signing all sorts of treaties and membership agreements of late to hasten the reconstruction process (e.g. joining the Arab Planning Institute along with Djibouti [3]), so from its perspective this is just par for the course. Also, the territorial waters lawsuit isn't about water itself, but instead about sovereignty, territorial integrity and natural resource ownership; particularly hydrocarbons. Somalia has the longest coastline in mainland Africa, and thus the most potential off-shore oil reserves. Middayexpress (talk) 17:51, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Why does article about a political-economic organization have a wildlife section?[edit]

The "Geography" section, and especially "Fauna" and "Flora" sections of this article are strikingly out of place. At the very least, they should be moved to near the bottom of the article. The East African Community is a political/economic organization, not a biogeographical region. The current arrangement implies and ignorant and condescending attitude that "Africa = wild animals" GeoEvan (talk) 10:02, 5 March 2015 (UTC)