Talk:East African Community

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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)

I believe that they're pursuing closer political integration in order to enhance and solidify economic integration and also due to cultural reasons because they share a common lingua franca (Swahili). They aren't thinking about the UN or the AU. Correctr (talk) 08:13, 21 April 2016 (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 [1]. 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 [2]), 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)