Somalia’s Integration into the East African Community (EAC): Benefits and Potential Challenges

Khadija Nuh Ali


This paper aims to explore the benefits and potential challenges of Somalia's integration into the East African Community (EAC). The EAC is a regional intergovernmental organization consisting of six member states, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. Somalia has expressed interest in joining the EAC and has taken steps towards integration, including participating in EAC meetings and harmonizing its policies with those of the community. The paper will examine the potential benefits of Somalia's integration into the EAC, such as increased trade opportunities, economic growth, and political stability. It will also analyze the potential challenges, including concerns around security and political instability in Somalia, as well as issues related to infrastructure development and trade imbalances. Additionally, the paper will discuss the impact of Somalia's integration on the existing EAC member states, particularly in relation to trade and security. The research for this paper will be conducted through a desktop literature review. The paper will provide recommendations for policymakers in Somalia on how to address potential challenges and maximize the benefits of Somalia's integration into the community. Overall, the paper aims to contribute to the ongoing debate on the role of regional integration in promoting economic and political development in Africa.


Economic Integration, Value Chain, Infrastructure, Investment Regulation, Political Stability

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