An agreement making the three East African states -- Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda -- associate members of the European Economic Community (EEC), was signed in Brussels on Monday (December 21).
An agreement making the three East African states -- Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda -- associate members of the European Economic Community (EEC), was signed in Brussels on Monday (December 21). The agreement will take effect on January 1st.
The agreement--known as the 'Arusha' association--had already been ratified by all six member states of the Common Market and by the three East African states. The meeting in Brussels was the signing of an act of conclusion allowing the agreement to come into force.
The East African States were represented by Mr. Barungi, the Ugandan Ambassador, and by Mr Ongango of the East African States Mission. Mr. Bohmke, the permanent representative of the EEC signed on behalf of the member countries.
The three East African nations are grouped in their own economic community--the East African Economic Community--which has its headquarters in Arusha, north Tanzania.
The purpose of the Arusha agreement is to promote and increase trade between the EEC and the partner states of the EAEC. Special arrangements are now being formulated by the East African countries to sell their farm produce in the Common Market. Specific arrangements have already been made allowing them to import into the EEC free of duty, 56,000 metric tons of unroasted coffee, 120 metric tons of cloves and 860 metric tons of tinned pineapples.