The East African Community (EAC) is an intergovernmental organization composed of six countries: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The organisation was founded in 1967, it collapsed in 1977, and was revived on 7 July 2000.
Kenya & Uganda
Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have cooperated with each other since the early 20th century.
First Customs Union
A Customs union between Kenya and Uganda created in 1917, which Tanganyika joined in 1927,
Tanganyika Joins Customs union
Tanganyika joined the Customs union between Kenya and Uganda created in 1917, in 1927
East African High Commission (EAHC)
Inter-territorial co-operation between the Kenya Colony, the Uganda Protectorate, and the Tanganyika Territory was formalised in 1948 by the EAHC. This provided a customs union, a common external tariff, currency, and postage. It also dealt with common services in transport and communications, research, and education. Following independence, these integrated activities were reconstituted and the EAHC was replaced by the EACSO, which many observers thought would lead to a political federation between the three territories. The new organisation ran into difficulties because of the lack of joint planning and fiscal policy, separate political policies, and Kenya's dominant economic position. In 1967, the EACSO was superseded by the EAC. This body aimed to strengthen the ties between the members through a common market, a common customs tariff, and a range of public services to achieve balanced economic growth within the region.
East African Common Services Organization (EACSO) formed
The East African Common Services Organization (EACSO) from 1961 to 1967
East African Community Formed
The 1967 to 1977 East African Community (EAC)
Burundi and Rwanda joined EAC
Burundi and Rwanda joined the EAC on 6 July 2009.