Our Directorates


It is organized into various specialized functions offering common shared services. The common shared services of the Ministry consist of functions that are not core, but offer critical support services. The Units under Administration are:-

  • General Administration
  • Accounts,
  • Finance,
  • Human Resource Management and Development,
  • Central Planning and Project Monitoring,
  • Supply Chain Management,
  • Legal,
  • Public Communications,
  • Records Management;
  • Internal Audit;
  • I.C.T

Economic Affairs Unit

Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

EPA is a trade agreement which aim aatb succeeding the cotonou agreement

Negotiation between east african community (EAC) and european union (EU) are ongoing.
Scope of EPA:

  • Epa covers four (4) clusters:
  • Economic development cooperation
  • Rules of origin
  • Agriculture
  • Dispute settlement

Benefits of EPA agreement:

  • Promote trade between eac and european union
  • Promote investment in the eac region
  • Provide wider market for goods from eac region
  • Provide opportunity for foreign direct investment flow in eac

Status of epa negotiations:

Concluded areas/clusters (2008):

  • Sanitary and phytosanitary (i.e food safety and hygiene)
  • Technical barriers to trade (tbt)
  • Customs and trade facilitation

Concluded areas(2012):

  • Negotiations on economic development
  • Agriculture

Pending areas:

  • Rules of origin
  • Institutional arrangement and dispute settlement

Mandate and Core Functions

The mandate of the Directorate of Political Affairs is derived from the mandate of the State Department of East African Affairs as captured in the Executive Order No.2/2013 on organization of the Government of Kenya and includes:

  1. Participation in East African Community (EAC) meetings on political affairs;
  1. Coordination of governments participation in EAC meetings sector;
  1. Coordination of implementation of EAC regional programmes on political affairs;
  1. Implementation of provisions of the Treaty establishing the EAC relating to political affairs; and
  1. Coordination and promotion of the East African community federation.

In addition it derives its mandate from Article 5(2) of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community’s pillar of Political Federation and functionally spearheads all issues relating to Political Affairs, as stipulated by Articles 123-125 of the Treaty among other general provisions. The specific functions include: Political Affairs, Regional Peace and security and Defence.

The Core Functions of the Directorate are to coordinate, facilitate and oversee Kenya’s participation in The EAC in the following areas:

  1. Political federation process;
  2. Defense;
  3. Immigration and refugee management;
  4. Regional peace and security
  5. Foreign policy coordination;
  6. Good governance- rule of law and administration of justice, election, observations, human rights, anti-corruption.


“To have a deepened and widened awareness on political affairs relating to the East African Community integration process”


“To facilitate, negotiate and coordinate the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EAC policies, projects and programmes on political affairs for effective integration.”

Quality Policy

The State Department is Quality Certified under the ISO900:2008. In ensuring that the State Department continues to meet its ISO obligations for the FY 2015/2016 the Directorate will pursue the following quality objectives indicating who, what, when and how as detailed below:

  1. To circulate the draft Country position papers to MCDA’s and other stakeholders for information within 2 days after the preparatory meeting.
  2. To reduce the time taken to initiate action on relevant sectoral council/ council/summit decisions and directives that require action from 5 to 2 days upon return from the EAC meeting/activity.
  3. To reduce the number of days that DPA takes to submit the details of nominees/delegates for regional meetings to the EAC Secretariat from 7 (seven) to 5 (five) days.
  4. To reduce the number of days taken to inform MCDA’s and other relevant stakeholders about the EAC activities   from four (4) to two (2) days.

In pursuing our mission statement we shall foster to promote partnerships, develop liaison lines and maintain linkages with our stakeholders.[/toggle][toggle title=”Achievements:” open=”no”]The Directorate has coordinated and facilitated in the approval and ratification of the following protocols:

  • Foreign Policy Coordination;
  • Peace and Security; and
  • Cooperation in Defence.
  • Joint Border Commission between Kenya/Uganda, Kenya/Tanzania, Kenya/South Sudan/Ethopia

Currently the Protocol on Immunities and Privileges is in the ratification process.

East African Political Federation: The Foundation” open=”no”]Political federation is the fourth pillar and the ultimate goal of the East African Community integration process after the Customs Union, Common Market and the Monetary Union. Its foundation began with the establishment of institutions such as the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the East African Court of Justice (EACJ). Inaugurated in 2001, EALA and EACJ completed the organizational set up of the community, complementing its earlier established organs, namely the Summit, Council, Coordination Committee and the Secretariat.

Their establishment was the earliest achievement of the community towards political federation, providing fully functioning executive; albeit a loose one, legislative and judicial organs. The office of political federation at the EAC Secretariat comprises three departments: political affairs, peace and security and international relations.[/toggle][toggle title=”The EAC Political Federation Journey” open=”no”]Political Federation is described as a form of government whereby individual states agree to secede part of their sovereignty to form a federal Government such as the United States of America among others.

The EAC is anchored in the shared common history of the people of East Africa as well as on their need to safeguard and pursue a common destiny in order to survive in the global arena. The people of East Africa have enjoyed close historical, political, social economic, cultural, lingual and other ties for generations and acknowledge the necessity to move beyond economic integration to a deeper integration driven by political federation.

The establishment of political federation entails the pooling of sovereignty into a single stronger political entity with capacity to better manage the regional resources. A political federation will facilitate regional peace, security, stability, good neighbourliness and peaceful settlement of disputes.

Taking cognizance of the futility of pursuing economic integration without political authority, the EAC Heads of States resolved to examine ways of expediting the process towards political federation at their Summit held in Nairobi on 27th -29th August 2004. Consequently, the so called Wako committee was established to fast-track Political Federation.

The committee presented its report to the Summit in November 2004. The consultations by the Wako Committee were however, found insufficient to make concrete decisions towards the Political Federation. To fill this gap, the EAC Summit directed the Council of Ministers to initiate the process of sensitizing and consulting East Africans on their views on the Political Federation. National Consultation Committees (NCCs) were appointed which carried out assessments in all partner states between 2006 and 2008. The NCCs reports identified the following ‘Fears, Concerns and Challenges’ (FCCs):

  1. Disparities in the national constitutions and practices of democracy, good governance, anti-corruption, human rights and rule of law;
  2. Lack of uniformity in doctrine, discipline and accountability among agencies dealing with peace, security and defense;
  3. Loss of sovereignty;
  4. Lack of mechanism for participation of national political parties in the federal arrangement;
  5. Lack of clarity on the model of federation.

The Summit further directed that these FCCs be studied by a team of experts and concrete recommendations made on how to address them. The findings were considered by the 13th Ordinary Summit of EAC Heads of State held in Bujumbura on 30th November 2011. The summit directed the Secretariat to:

  1. Produce a roadmap for establishing and strengthening the institutions identified as critical to the functioning of a customs union, common market, and monetary union;
  2. Formulate an action plan to operationalize the recommendations of the report;
  3. Propose an action plan on draft model of the structure of the East African Political Federation.

Current Status

During 33rd Council of Ministers meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania from 22nd – 27th February, 2016, all Partner States agreed on a Confederation Model for the EAC federation. The confederation is understood to mean the gradual, incremental collaboration in specified areas which to a great extent is alluded to in Article 5 (2) of the Treaty.

Whereas a federation has a strong central government, a confederation is more of an agreement between separate political units to co-operate in certain specified areas such as Defence and Security; Common Currency; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Immigration, Emigration and Labour Movement; Infrastructure including Aviation, Railways, Marine, Navigation, Shipping, Roads, Postal Services, Telecommunication and Meteorology; and Education, Science and Technology, Culture and Sports among others.

Kenya is in cognizance and agreement to the confederation model. This has been confirmed through various consultative forums involving different stakeholders and ultimately the Cabinet decision and directive supporting political confederation model. The Heads of State in their 18th Summit held on 20th May, 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania formally approved the confederation model and made recommendations on the way forward.[/toggle][toggle title=”Activities in the Political Affairs Sector” open=”no”]The mandate of the Directorate of Political Affairs as stated under Article 123 of the Treaty is to consolidate democracy, the rule of law and respect of human rights and to enhance the eventual establishment of a political federation. The Directorate seeks to promote the tenets of the EAC integration as spelt under Article 3(3) (b) and the provisions under Article 6(d) and Article 7(2) of the Treaty. Under these provisions, Partner States undertake to efforts to abide by the principles of good governance, democracy, the rule of law, social justice and human rights. The Directorate coordinates the implementation of these programmes in the country and also carries our sensitization and mobilization of various stakeholders to promote awareness about the integration process to garner support for the EAC Political Federation.

Some of the programmes coordinated by the Directorate include:[/toggle][toggle title=”The EAC Annual Conferences on Good Governance” open=”no”]The EAC treaty recognizes good governance as one of the fundamental principles that govern the achievement of the objectives of the community. The conferences bring together national agencies and institutions responsible for human rights, anti-corruption, electoral processes, judicial processes and legislatures to discuss and debate core issues on diverse thematic areas of good governance in regional integration. Recommendations made at these events are considered by the council and included in programming and policy making. The following five (5) conferences and their respective themes have been held so far:

  1. The Role of Good Governance in Regional Integration’: 19th-21st January, 2009 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania;
  2. Good Governance for Sustainable Integration, Stability and Development:19th -20th August, 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya;
  3. Upholding the Rule of Law and Constitutionalism for the Promotion of Regional Integration:17th -18th Auust,2011 in Kampala, Uganda;
  4. ‘Sustaining the Fight against Corruption to Promote Regional Integration’: 8th -9th July, 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda; and
  5. ‘Delivering Peaceful and Credible Election for Sustainable Regional Integration- The Role of Key Stakeholders’: 24th -26th September, 2014 in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The Directorate is also coordinating Kenya’s participation in the ongoing negotiations for a Protocol on Good Governance whose objective is to entrench democracy, the rule of law, accountability, transparency, social justice, equal opportunities, and gender equality in the integration processes.[/toggle][toggle title=”The EAC Anthem and Flag” open=”no”]Article 119 of the EAC Treaty provides for Partner States to promote close co-operation amongst themselves in the fields of culture by promoting activities aimed at enhancing the East African identity. To this end “Wimbo wa Jumuiya ya Africa Mashariki” was developed and subsequently approved by the EAC Heads of State, during the 12th Ordinary Summit, as the ‘Anthem of the Community’. The EAC Anthem has been gazetted by the EAC Secretariat and incorporated in the EAC Emblems Act, 2008 amendment of 2012. This legal provision guides on its use and protects against disrespect and misuse.

The Cabinet approved the hoisting of the EAC Flag in all Government offices and public institutions and the singing of the EAC Anthem during public functions with effect from 28th July, 2016.

The Directorate has been popularizing the EAC Anthem and Flag throughout the country. A link has also been created in this website to enable you get the specifications of the EAC Flag, Brass and Choral versions of the Anthem.

Election Observation

EAC principles on election observation and evaluation have been developed to guide election observation and promote credibility of electoral processes and outcomes in the region. On the basis of these guidelines, election observations have been carried out in all the Partner States in the last ten years.

The observers mainly consist of Senior Officers and Commissioners from the respective regional Electoral Management Bodies(EMBs), Registrars of Political Parties, Representatives from Human Rights Commissions, EAC Secretariat, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and Ministries responsible for EAC Affairs. The Heads of missions have primarily been derived from EALA but there is now shift to former Vice Presidents and Heads of States.

The EAC Forum of Electoral Commissions

This is a regional platform for National Electoral Commissions to share experiences, challenges and best practices in organizing and conducting democratic, free, fair and credible elections. The forum initiates policies that promote democratic culture, dialogue and policy development on electoral integrity and justice.

The EAC Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

The forum facilitates exchange of experiences, views, information, challenges and best practices. Among its achievements, the forum conducted an evaluation of the national constitutions and other international instruments with the ultimate aim of standardizing and adopting best practices. An EAC Bill of Rights which seeks to set a regional model law in promotion and protection of human rights was passed by EALA in 2012. It aims at harmonizing the bills of rights contained in the national constitutions of the Partner States

Regional Consultative Meeting for Political Parties

This provides a consultative platform where political parties promote dialogue and share understandings of their role on EAC political integration process. This meeting takes place biannually.

EAC Dialogue on Political Integration

The attainment of a Political Federation obliges involvement of other critical stakeholders in the political integration process. Three regional dialogues on different Political Integration themes have been held so far:

  1. Enhancing Representation/ Inclusiveness in Promoting EAC Integration’:17th -18th November, 2011 in Kampala, Uganda;
  2. ‘Exploring the Relationship between Political and Economic Integration’: 18th -19th April, 2012 in Dar-es- Salaam, Tanzania; and
  3. EAC Women Leaders as the Drivers of the Political Integration Agenda’: 3rd -4th June,2013 in Kigali, Rwanda.


Jumuiya Yetu sote tuilinde
Tuwajibike tuimarike
Umoja wetu ni nguzo yetu
Idumu Jumuiya yetu.

1. Ee Mungu twaomba ulinde
Jumuiya Afrika Mashariki
Tuwezeshe kuishi kwa amani
Tutimize na malengo yetu.

2. Uzalendo pia mshikamano
Viwe msingi wa Umoja wetu
Natulinde Uhuru na Amani
Mila zetu na desturi zetu.

3. Viwandani na hata mashambani
Tufanye kazi sote kwa makini
Tujitoe kwa hali na mali
Tuijenge Jumuiya bora.


The EAC Partner States recognize that peace and security are pre-requisites to social and economic development in the region. Hence peace, security and stability find expression in the objectives and fundamental principles of the Community. For instance in Article 5 of the EAC Treaty, Partner State endeavor to promote Peace, Security and Stability within, and good neighborliness amongst themselves as one of their objectives.

The fundamental principles of the community as provided in Article 6 of the EAC Treaty also include ‘peaceful co-existence and good neighborliness, and peaceful settlement of disputes’. In Article 124 of the Treaty, Partner States agree to foster and maintain a conducive atmosphere to peace and security with a view to preventing managing and resolving disputes and conflicts amongst them.

In order to maintain and promote peace and stability within the region, Partner States have adopted common measures, strategies and programmes which include:

  • Enhancing exchange of criminal intelligence
  • Enhancing joint operations such as pursuit of criminals and joint border patrols
  • Establishing common communication facilities for border security
  • Developing a Regional Peace and Security strategy
  • Developing a Protocol on Peace and Security
  • Enhancing exchange of visits by security authorities
  • Exchange training programmes for security personnel
  • Establishing common mechanisms for the management of refugees

To this end, a Sectoral Council on Interstate Security was established to fast track cooperation in the peace and security sector under the following sub-themes:

Co-operation in Police Matters 

Under this sub sector much has been achieved through meetings of: EAC Chiefs of Police, Directors of Criminal Investigations, Registrars of Motor Vehicles, Heads of Counter Terrorism, Heads of Anti-Narcotics and Anti Human Trafficking.

In particular, Police Ranks in the region have been harmonized and a Police Liaison Office has been created and operationalized at the EAC Secretariat. A Regional Forensic Referral Centre has been established in Kampala Uganda to enhance the investigative capacity of the police forensics. Strategic Plan and Cooperation Agreement for the centre have been developed ; Procurement and installation of a state of the art integrated ballistics identification system has been completed at the centre and awareness creation already undertaken on the access and use of the ballistics services.

A handbook on the role of Police in the implementation of the integration process has been developed for all the police training institutions.

The EAC is also fighting the threat of piracy through the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) Maritime Security Project with support from the Indian Ocean Commission. The Maritime Security program is being implemented in conjunction with the Indian Ocean Commission, COMESA and IGAD.

Exchange of criminal intelligence and other security information has been enhance through establishment of a joint intelligence sharing centre at the National Counter Terrorism Centre in Nairobi. A draft Cooperation Agreement on Counter Terrorism in the region has been developed to facilitate joint counter terrorism operations, joint investigations, surveillance reconnaissance and arrests, extraditions and exchange of terror suspects among Partner States among others. In addition Partner States are developing l-24/7 connectivity with Customs and Immigration in collaboration with INTERPOL. A lot has also been done in combating motor vehicle thefts in the region.

Cooperation among Prisons/Correctional Services

Partner States prisons/correctional services cooperate in a number of areas. The EAC Chiefs of Prisons/Correctional Services meet to share and exchange their experiences and best practices. The sub sector has developed a Cooperation agreement identifying areas of their cooperation. Through the ESA-IO Maritime Project prison facilities have been expanded to accommodate piracy suspects and trainings are being conducted for judicial officers in the region on Maritime Law to help in prosecution of piracy suspects. The EAC countries have joined with the Indian Ocean countries of Mauritius and Seychelles, to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean. Mentorship attachments and exchange visits by the Prisons/Correctional sub sector have also been conducted in Mauritius and in other EAC countries.

Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Programs

The long Porous borders, regional instability, the practice of cattle rustling by some pastoralist communities across the borders and a large refugee population in the region have contributed to proliferation of small arms and light weapons. A Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons (RECSA) has been established and hosted in Kenya. Focal Points have also been established in Partner States under the Nairobi Protocol on SALW to spearhead SALW activities at national level. Partner States have been working to reduce availability of arms to nomadic pastoral communities through joint disarmament programme, public awareness campaigns, remarking of SALW held and licenced and developing of National Action Plans for SALW. A Regional Policy on Arms Management has been developed to inform harmonization of legislation in SALW.

Development of an EAC Protocal on Peace & Security

Partner States have developed a protocol on Peace & Security with the objective of promoting peace, security and stability within the Community and good neighbourliness among the Partner States. In this regard common measures, strategies and programmes have been developed and agreements entered into for the effective implementation of the protocol.

In this protocol Partner States have agreed to cooperate in:

  • Conflict prevention, management and resolution
  • Prevention of genocide
  • Combating terrorism
  • Peace support operations
  • Management of refugees
  • Disaster Management
  • Control of proliferation of small arms and light weapons
  • Combating transnational and cross border crimes – including drugs and human trafficking, illegal migration, cybercrime, money laundering and motor vehicle theft
  • Prisons and correctional services including exchange of prisons, detention, custody and rehabilitation of offenders.

The Protocol is yet to be ratified by all the EAC member States to enable operationalization.

Development of a Regional Peace and Security Strategy

Since inception, the EAC has endeavored to create a framework and structures to address issues of peace and security. However, these structures lacked clear strategic direction on the critical areas of cooperation. This led to the development of a Regional Strategy on Peace and Security. The Strategy became a guiding framework in addressing peace and security issues in the region. It was developed through a highly consultative and inclusive process before being adopted by the 13th Council of Ministers meeting held in November, 2006.

The strategy covers collaboration on cross border crimes, drug trafficking, terrorism, money laundering, exchange of visits by security authorities, establishing regional disaster management mechanisms, etc. It strives to provide security within the region through enhanced cooperation.

The strategy has fifteen (15) goals it seeks to achieve, each goal having a number of objectives and strategies for implementing them.

Development of a Protocol on Combating Illicit Drug Trafficking in the E.A. Region

The EAC developed a protocol on combating illicit drug trafficking in the region with the objective to:

  • Reduce and eventually eliminate illicit drug trafficking, money laundering, illicit use and abuse of drugs
  • Eliminate the production of illicit drugs
  • Protect the region from being used as a conduit for drugs destined for the international market

The Community was concerned that illicit drug trafficking is a serious international problem and the region is being used as a conduit for illicit drugs for international markets. Cooperation among Partner States was therefore necessary to eradicate illicit drug production and trafficking. Partner States are in the process of implementing provisions of the Protocol.

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Directorate of Social Affairs

The Partner States shall promote close co-operation amongst themselves in culture and sports, with respect to:

  • The promotion and enhancement of diverse sports activities;
  • Promote the development of culture and sports within the Community;
  • The promotion of cultural activities, including the fine arts, literature, music, the performing arts and other artistic creations, and the conservation, safeguarding and development of the cultural heritage of the Partner States including, historical materials and antiquities;
  • The development and promotion of indigenous languages especially Kiswahili as a lingua franca
  • ( English as the official language) and
  • Any other activities aimed at promoting an East African identity
  • Achievements
  • The EAC Anthem was approved by the summit in 2010 and is undergoing legal input and will soon be tabled to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) for enactment.
  • The Choral and Brass versions of the anthem have been finalized;
  • Popularization of the anthem is now in progress;
  • Mapping study on culture and creative industries has been piloted in all Partner States and preparations for the full study are in progress;
  • The roadmaps leading to the 1st editions of the Arts and Culture Festivals and sports Tournaments were approved by the Sectoral council;
  • The 1st edition of Arts and Sports festivals will be held in Rwanda in February, 2013;
  • Operationalisation of the Kiswahili Commission underway;
  • Protocol for the establishment of Sports and Culture Commission negotiated.

Education, Training, Science and Technology

The Partner States shall:

  • Revive and enhance the activities of the Inter-University Council for East Africa
  • Encourage and support the mobility of students and teachers within the Community;
  • Exchange information and experience on issues common to the educational systems of the Partner States
  • Identify and develop centers of excellence in the region including Universities.
  • Create a conducive environment for the promotion of science and technology within the Community
  • Encourage use and development of indigenous science and technologies
  • Exchange scientific information, personnel and the promotion and publication of research and scientific findings.
  • Achievements
  • The regional study on Harmonization of the EAC Education Systems and Training Curricula has been adopted
  • A Technical Committee on the Harmonization of the East African Education Systems and Training Curricula (TECHOM) has been constituted to oversee the harmonization process
  • The Schedule on the Mutual Recognition of Academic and Professional Qualifications under the Common Market Protocol has been adopted.
  • The process of validation of five Centers of excellence from each Partner State to act as EAC/ Regional Centers has been finalized.
  • Annual EAC Secondary School Writing Essay Competitions have been held since 2004.
  • A situation analysis on HIV/AIDS in the education system undertaken. A strategic plan developed and Resource Mobilization strategy adopted.
  • The Operationalisation of the East African Science and Technology Commission is underway.

Gender and Social Development

The key measures that are to be undertaken by the Partner States to promote full participation of women in development include;

  • Promotion of the empowerment and effective integration and participation of women at all levels of socio economic development especially in decision making
  • Abolition of legislations and discouragement of customs that are discriminatory against women
  • Promotion of effective education awareness programmes aimed at changing negative attitudes towards women.
  • Elimination of all laws, regulations and practices that hinder women’s access to financial assistance including credit


  • Establishment of the Sectoral Council on Gender, Youth, Children, Social Protection and Community Development
  • Establishment of EAC Women in Business Platform
  • Strategic plan (2012-2016) on Gender, Youth, Persons with Disabilities, Social Protection and Community Development.
  • EAC policy on People with Disabilities (PWD-2010) developed.

Investment opportunities for women in the EAC

  • Investment in commercial farming of food and cash crops and livestock sub-sectors
  • Provision of Education services especially in the private sector
  • Provision of Financial services such as establishment of banks, brokerage services, investment consultancies, asset valuation and sales, insurance services, real-estate financing, lease finance, agricultural finance and advisory services.
  • Investment in the Fisheries Sector through aquaculture, fish processing and provision of fishing equipment and materials.
  • Provision of Healthcare services such as hospitals, training centers and equipment
  • Provision of ICT services such as infrastructure and training, data processing


With respect to co-operation in health activities, the Partner States undertake to:

  • Promote the management of health delivery systems and better Planning mechanisms to enhance efficiency of health care services;
  • Develop a common drug policy to establish quality control capacities and good procurement practices;
  • Harmonize drug registration procedures so as to achieve good control of pharmaceutical standards
  • Harmonize National health policies and regulations on health issues in order to achieve quality health within the Community
  • Co-operate in promoting research and the development of traditional, alternate or herbal medicines


  • A policy on anti-counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy and other intellectual property Rights Violations (2009) developed.
  • East African Community Regional Pharmaceutical Manufacturing plan of Action (2011-2016) in place
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan for EC-EAC health project, building advocacy capacity in East Africa for adolescents finalized
  • A steering committee to operationalize the EAC Regional Manufacturing Plan of Action (EACRMPOA) in place
  • East African Public Health Laboratory Network Project to improve integrated disease surveillance and response systems in place

Opportunities for Youth in the EAC

  • Market size of 133 million people
  • Combined GDP (nominal) of US dollars 73 billion
  • Employment opportunities
  • Professionals
  • Administrators and Managers
  • Technicians and Associate Professionals;
  • Craft and related workers
  • Trade in Goods
  • Trade in Services
  • Professional and Business
  • Communication;
  • Distribution Services;
  • Education Services;
  • Financial Services;
  • Tourism and Travel Related Services; and
  • Transport services


  • A draft EAC Youth policy in place

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The Northern Corridor is a multimodal trade route linking the landlocked countries of the Great Lakes Region with the Kenyan maritime sea port of Mombasa.

The Corridor was established under the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Agreement (NCTTA) through a treaty signed in 1985 and revised in 2007 for regional cooperation with a view of facilitating interstate and transit trade, between the Member States of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. South Sudan acceded to the Agreement in 2013.

Northern Corridor Projects that are adopted at the Heads of State Infrastructure Summits are of strategic national interest. These are initiatives that seek to:

  1. Enhance regional inter-connectivity,
  2. Reduce the cost of doing business and
  3. Advance regional integration within the Northern Corridor.

Initially the office was hosted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013 to June 2016) before being transferred to the Cabinet Office in June 2016.  In January 2018 it was transferred to the Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development.

The Heads of State usually drives the agenda of the Summits and use the meetings review the progress and fast-track implementation of key strategic projects and programmes to support socioeconomic interests in the region.

 Mandate of The National Coordinator of NCIPs Office

The Northern Corridor Development Function entails:

  1. develop and review policies, strategies and guidelines to guide the implementation of Northern Corridor Development projects and programmes;
  2. Monitor and Evaluate the Northern Corridor Integration projects and programmes.
  3. Coordinate Kenya’s participation in the Northern Corridor Development, Technical, Ministerial and Summit meetings;
  4. facilitate communication and engagement with other National Coordinators in the other partner states;
  5. Promote public and private sector partnerships on Northern Corridor Development initiatives, projects and programmes;
  6.  coordinate the preparation of background Country position papers on thematic areas;
  7. liaise with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the development and implementation of respective Acts and Statutes related to Northern Corridor Development projects and programmes;
  8. identify thematic areas for research, coordinate and disseminate research findings on Northern Corridor Development projects and programmes;
  9. initiate development and review of protocols, agreements and conventions on matters relating to Northern Corridor Development;
  10. conduct advocacy, image building and publicity campaigns on Northern Corridor Development;
  11.  provide secretarial Services during the Northern Corridor Ministerial and Heads of State summit meetings;
  12. promote seamless flow of trade and services within the Northern Corridor by supporting Ministries, Departments and Agencies to identify relevant projects and programmes.

Current Northern Corridor Development Projects and Programmes under Implementation in the Region

There are 14 cluster projects being implemented by various MDAs which include the following:

  1. Power Generation, Transmission and Interconnectivity;
  2. Crude Oil Pipeline Development;
  3. Refined Petroleum Products Pipeline Development;
  4. Commodities Exchange;
  5. Human Resource Capacity Building for the projects;
  6. Land for Infrastructure development,
  7. Standard Gauge Railway (SGR),
  8. ICT infrastructure,
  9. Immigration, Trade, Tourism, Labour, and Services;
  10. Air Space management;
  11. Single Custom Territory;
  12. Defense cooperation;
  13. Peace and Security Cooperation; and
  14. Public Private Partnership for project financing.
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