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Tripartite Agreements

New agreement in process of being ratified



Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Free trade zone established in 2000 – 100% elimination of customs duties
  • 19 members: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, DR of Congo, Seychelles, Northern Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda
Visit the COMESA website


South African Development Council

  • Free trade zone established in 2008 – Substantial elimination of customs duties
  • 15 members: South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, DR of Congo, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Visit the SADC website


Indian Ocean Commission

  • 5 members: Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Reunion Island
  • 595 000 km² of land area
  • 5.5 millions km² of Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Objectives:
    • Promote the development of the Indian Ocean area
    • Optimize the network of physical and immaterial connections
    • Management framework of collective actions and integration
    • Cooperation with the African continent
Visit the IOC website


Indian Ocean Rim – Association for Regional Cooperation

  • Heterogeneous association, including various cultural, linguistic and religious groups located in countries of the coastline of the Indian Ocean
  • 18 members: Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE and Yemen
  • 5 dialogue partners: China, Egypt, France, Japan and UK
  • Promotion of the economic and technical cooperation within the countries of the Great Indian Ocean
  • Trade, socio-economic cooperation and culture platform
Visit the IOR - ARC website


Eastern Africa Community

Free Trade zone between the member countries

The EAC is composed of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya

Visit the EAC website

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