Editor’s Corner

The East African Community (EAC) partner states are to review their national laws as part of the process to operationalise the EAC Common Market Protocol. This was announced in Kampala by Hafsa Mossi, the chairperson of he EAC Council of Ministers, when responding to queries raised by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) members on the slow progress in operationalising the pact.

The Protocol, which came into force in July 2010, obliges partner states to approximate their national laws and harmonise their systems for the purpose of implementing them. The MPs contended that the EAC Common Market Protocol would thrive in a regime of approximated and harmonised policies, laws and systems, but noted that the pace of the harmonisation processes in areas such as education, internal taxes and cross-border systems were inadequate.