In order to promote the objectives of the Community, the EAC Partner States established the East African Community Common Market managed in accordance with the relevant laws of the Community. This Protocol provides for the free movement of goods, free movement of persons, free movement of labour, right of establishment, right of residence, free movement of services and free movement of capital. Small scale women farmers can therefore move their products and services in the EAC region.
The establishment of a Tripartite Free Trade Area among the COMESA, EAC and SADC is to promote economic and social development of the region, create a large single market with free movement of goods and services to promote intra-regional trade, enhance the regional and continental integration processes, and build a strong Tripartite Free Trade Area for the benefit of the people in the region. This means that Small Scale Farmers and consumers in the region can trade freely in the COMESA, EAC and SADC.
The EAC Industrialisation Policy is intended to address the challenges facing the region in building a more diversified regional economic structure. The policy is aligned to the relevant articles of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, in particular articles 79 and 80 as well as article 44 of the Common Market Protocol. The policy outlines 14 strategic measures that will guide the region towards the attainment of the broad policy objectives including, among others includes: Increasing access to markets, Strengthening National and Regional institutional frameworks and capabilities for industrial policy design and implementation, Strengthening the business and regulatory climate, Enhancing access to finance, Facilitating the development of micro, small and medium enterprises, Strengthening industrial information management and dissemination systems, Equitable development, Promoting research, development and innovation.
In the EAC Treaty, the Contracting Parties established among themselves an East African Community. The EAC Member States established an East African Customs Union and a Common Market as transitional stages to and integral parts of the Community. It is from here that Small Scale Farmers will benefit from the EAC Common Market to sell their products and services across the region.