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Background of the Ministry

In 1998, the Government of Kenya established the Ministry of East African and Regional Cooperation to coordinate the affairs of the EAC, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). In 1999, the EAC Affairs functions were transferred to a department within the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry and later in 2003, as a department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2004 the Ministry of East African Community and Regional Cooperation was established and later renamed the Ministry of East African Community (MEAC) in 2006. In 2013, following the reorganization of government in line with the 2010 Constitution, the EAC functions were placed under the State Department for East African Affairs (SDEAA) within the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism.

The Department was later renamed the State Department for East African Community Integration (SDEACI) in 2016 under the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection. Following the re-organization of the Government in June, 2018, the Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development was created. The creation of the Ministry was also in line with the Treaty for establishment of EAC and Directives of the EAC Heads of State Summit. Pursuant to the Executive Order No. 1 of 2023, the Ministry was renamed to East African Community (EAC), the ASALs and Regional Development comprising of two State Departments namely:

  1. The State Department for East African Community
  2. The State Department for the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and Regional Development

The mandate of the Ministry, focuses on coordinating Kenya’s engagement in the EAC integration, Northern Corridor Development programmes as well as coordination of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and Regional Development. This involves working closely with the Ministries, Counties, Departments and Agencies (MCDAs); Private Sector; civil society; and engagement with Kenyan Citizenry, EAC Organs and Institutions and the other Partner States. 

Mandate of the Ministry

The Ministry of East African Community (EAC), the ASALs and Regional Development derives its mandate from the Executive Order No.1 of January, 2023. The Ministry  was established with the following mandate;

  1. Policy on East African Community.
  2. Implementation of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community
  3. Negotiation and Implementation of EAC protocols
  4. Develop and Implement policies and programmes to fast-track regional integration
  5. Co-ordination of Implementation of EAC Regional Programmes and Projects
  6. Co-ordination of Government’s Participation in East African Community Affairs
  7. Domestication of regional agreements in all areas
  8. Monitor Implementation of Summit and Council Directives/Decisions
  9. Sustainable development of Lake Victoria Basin and other shared resources
  10. East African Community Organs and Institutions
  11. Create awareness on the aspiration of East African Community Integration
  12. Promote public participation in the EAC Integration Process
  13. Monitoring and Evaluation of the Implementation of Northern Corridor Development
  14. Provide Secretariat Services during Ministerial and Head of States Summit Meetings
  15. Arid and Semi – Arid Lands Policy
  16. Co-ordination of Planning, and Development for Arid and Semi – Arid Lands
  17. Implementation of Special Programmes for Development of Arid and Semi-Arid Areas
  18. Implementation of Arid and Semi- Arid Lands Programmes
  19. Co-ordinating Research for sustainable Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Resource Management, Development and Livelihoods
  20. Promotion of Livestock Development, Marketing and Value addition of Resources within Arid and Semi- Arid Areas
  21. Enhancing Livelihood Resilience of Pastoral and Agro Pastoral Communities
  22. Co-ordinating Responses Against Drought and Desertification
  23. Food Relief Management and Humanitarian Emergency Response
  24. Peace Building and Conflict Management within Arid and Semi-Arid Area
  25. Management and promotion of integrated cross border activities in identified ASAL Counties
  26. Regional Development Policy Implementation, oversight and management
  27. Co-ordination of Regional Development Authorities