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EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY

“OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNIVERSITIES AND YOUTH ENGAGEMENT”

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Outline of presentation
 Introduction  Stages of EAC Integration process  Common Market  Common Market Protocol  Education Services  Harmonization of EAC Education and Training Curricular  Inter University Council of East Africa

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Outline continued Mutual Recognition of Academic and Professional Qualifications Other Initiatives of Integration Opportunities 3 .

Introduction EAC integration process is now twelve years old Article 5 of the EAC Treaty states that the objectives of the Community shall be to develop policies and programmes aimed at widening and deepening cooperation among Partner States in Political. Social and Cultural fields. Research and Technology. Security. Defence. Economic. Legal and Judicial affairs for their mutual benefit 4 .

the EAC Partner States agreed to establish among themselves a Customs Union. a Common Market. a Monetary Union and a Political Federation 5 .Introduction Cont… In pursuance of the provisions of Article 5.

2010 2012 Ultimate 6 .Stages of EAC Integration Process CUSTOMS UNION COMMON MARKET MONETARY UNION POLITICAL FEDERATION 2005 – 2010 July.

having common tax and common trade laws. EAC) operate as a single market for goods.Common Market  Common Market A Common Market is an arrangement where member countries of a Regional Economic Community (e. land.g. A common market integrates markets of the factors of production (labour. entrepreneurship) in respective Partner States into one single market 7 . labour and capital. services. capital.

Right of Residence V.  The Protocol provides for: I. Free Movement of Services VI. Free Movement of Persons II. contains 56 Articles and 6 Annexes of Regulations. Right of Establishment IV. signed on 20th November 2009. Free Movement of Capital 8 .Common Market Protocol The Protocol establishing the EAC Common Market. Free Movement of labour III.

Common Market Protocol Cont. coordinate and regulate the economic and trade relations among Partner States. – Promote common understanding and cooperation among nationals of the Partner States for economic and social development. – Enhance research and technological advancement to accelerate economic and social development... – Sustain the expansion and integration of economic activities within the Community. 9 .  Objectives: – Accelerate economic growth and development of Partner States. – Strengthen.

Share information for the implementation of the Common Market Protocol 10 .. Principles:  Non-discrimination between nationals of Partner States. Ensure transparency in matters concerning Partner States. Equal treatment to nationals of Partner States.Common Market Protocol Cont..

 Development of common programmes in basic.  Promotion of Special Needs and Non Formal Education and education for other disadvantaged groups. certification and accreditation of education and training institutions. tertiary. and  Harmonization of education curricular.Education Services Provision of education services is anchored in Articles 102 & 103 of the EAC Treaty. The services include: Cooperation in education and training to develop human capital within the Partner States. intermediary. examination. adult and continuing education. 11 .

 Implementation of innovative forms of collaboration in education can systematically improve and facilitate excellence and mobility of students and teachers across Partner States.Harmonization of EAC Education Systems and Training Curricular  Why Harmonization?  To provide for uniformity of content and skills acquired at the end of each education cycle. .

Harmonization Cont… The Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) carried out a study on the harmonization of Partner States Education Systems and Training Curricula Harmonization targets a number of core subjects in the curricular taught and examined at various levels of education across the Partner States. .

 Conduct research 14 . and academic staff across the region  Develop regional harmonization initiatives on quality assurance.Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) Objectives :  Promote Regional Quality Assurance Framework in order to build and maintain high and comparable academic standards in higher education in East Africa  Facilitate and promote mobility of students. benchmarks and credit accumulation and transfer systems. graduates.

To address the shortage of labour. ii. To facilitate common appreciation of the academic and professional qualifications. 15 . licenses and certificates and experience obtained in other Partner States. facilitate optimal utilization of available skills and competencies within the region.Mutual Recognition of Academic and Professional Qualifications  Why mutual recognition ? i.

16 .. MRA for Engineers at an advanced stage of development.MRAs continued. MRAs for Architects and Accountants developed.

 EAC Investing in Adolescents and Youth Programme aimed at equipping the youth with information on their sexual and reproductive health rights for purposes of improving their livelihoods 17 .Other Initiatives  Partner States have agreed to establish five EAC Centers of Excellence in each Partner State to develop and strengthen innovative approaches to meet current and future skill needs and technical innovations.

Other Initiatives Cont…  Annual EAC Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) exhibitions for the youth. Secondary schools and Local Authorities. Annual sporting events for Universities.  EAC Youth Summit to identify opportunities and address challenges facing the youth. 18 .

– Craft and related workers  Trade in Goods 19 .Opportunities  Market size of 133 million people  Combined GDP (nominal) of US dollars 73 billion  Employment opportunities – Professionals – Administrators and Managers – Technicians and Associate Professionals.

and – Transport services 20 . – Professional and Business – Communication. – Education Services.Opportunities Cont… Trade in Services. – Tourism and Travel Related Services. – Financial Services. – Distribution Services.

A Arts and Culture festival to 21 .Opportunities Cont… Increased opportunities for Higher education Collaboration in research. 1st edition of E. The East African Community Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) and The East African Kiswahili Commission to be operational in 2013.  Harmonized university fees.

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