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Tanzania and the East African Community: A comparative political economy

Discussion Paper 186


Cooksey, B. 2016. Tanzania and the East African Community: A comparative political economy. (Discussion Paper 186). Maastricht: ECDPM.

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Key messages

  • Tanzania has improved port efficiency, reduced the cost of transit trade and increased the export of manufactured goods to its neighbours in the EAC.
  • But Tanzanian clearing and forwarding agents, travel and tourism companies and trades unions strongly resist deeper integration under the EAC Charter.
  • Multiple non-tariff barriers further undermine regional trade, investment and service integration with Tanzania and Kenya the main offenders.
  • To benefit from deeper regional integration, Tanzania needs to achieve greater international competitiveness, an improved business enabling environment and better logistics performance.

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Trade, investment and financePolitical Economy AnalysisRegional IntegrationTrade Policy and Economic Partnership AgreementsDiscussion Papers (series)East African Community (EAC)Political economy analysisAfricaTanzania

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Brian Cooksey