East Africa standards platform

Desired Results

EAC partner states implement harmonised priority standards; reduction in the cost of compliance with standards within the EAC; bureau of standards and producers improve their understanding of standards and requirements. Together the results lead to a reduction in the cost and time of doing business in the EAC region.


A political economy study by TMEA in 2006 found that policy-making in the EAC has failed effectively to engage the public in open debate. Whilst the EAC Treaty requires the involvement of PSOs and CSOs, it is unclear on entry points and frameworks for engagement. The key association representing the private sector at regional level is the East African Business Council with an embryonic East Africa CSO Forum seeking to represent civil society across the region. These institutions however are weak, lack long-term or comprehensive support, and are criticised for failing adequately to represent their constituencies.


This project will lobby for increased harmonisation of priority standards. Key outputs include;

  • Strategic Plan Developed
  • Evidence Based Policy Advocacy plan established
  • Institutional Capacity Strengthening plan developed
  • Technical regulations sub-committee operationalised at EAC by September 2012
  • Priority issues incorporated into EAC work plan by July 2012
  • Priority advocacy issues identified


TMEA will provide the required technical and financial assistance to SID to conduct the research.


East African Business Council (EABC)

Target Group

Importers and exporters, Manufacturers

Project Value

US$ 320,412

Implementation Period

2012 - 2014


Allan Ngugi, Program Manager, Business Competitiveness allan.ngugi@trademarkea.com

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