The fastest-growing region in Africa is also the site of an ongoing political experiment that aims, in the coming years, to have members of the East African Community band together and form the East African Federation - a single African superstate

The fastest growing region in Africa is also the site of an ongoing political experiment that aims, in the coming years, to have members of the East African Community band together and form the East African Federation - a single African superstate. The fastest-growing region in Africa is also the site of an ongoing political experiment that aims, in the coming years, to have members of the East African Community band together and form the East African Federation - a single African superstate. This led to the signing of the East African Monetary Union Protocol in 2013 allowing the Partner States to technically integrate their own currencies into a single currency by harmonising policies, standards and fiscal policies, right before establishing an East African Central Bank. A single currency and the resulting advantages of a Monetary Union will undoubtedly help accelerate this process, but the formation of a Political Federation will do little to improve the lives of the everyday East African. Between the 1960s and 1970s, the three countries created the East African Community (EAC), considered as the precursor to the EAC today which entered into force in 2000. Despite the confidence shown by the Kenyan President and the other Heads of State at the Summit, the current goal of forming the East African Federation by 2023 seems too premature in view of these issues and the deadline will, in all likelihood, be pushed back. Despite this, the African Regional Integration Index, which calculates how well different African regional groups have managed in integrating different parts of their economy, has noted that EAC Partner States have not made full use of their economies of scale and studies suggest that the common external tariff of the EAC has not always been used to improve the economic welfare of citizens. The region has had a long history of collaboration, especially between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, who cooperated under different agreements and organisations as early as 1917 when Kenya and Uganda formed a customs union. (). Continue reading.



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