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East African Community: Tourism and Wildlife Management Law Passed

(Feb. 25, 2010) On February 12, 2010, the East African Community (EAC) passed the Tourism and Wildlife Management Bill, which seeks to establish a cooperative framework for management of tourism and wildlife resources in the region, in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community. (Press Release, East African Community, EALA Passes Tourism and Wildlife Management Bill, 2008 (Feb. 11, 2010), available at
.) The bill has been sent to the heads of state of the five EAC member states for their approval. (Charles Kazooba, New Tourism Law Puts Tanzania on the Spot over One-Off Ivory Sale, EASTAFRICAN, Feb. 22, 2010, available at

The bill establishes the East African Tourism and Wildlife Management Commission, accountable to the EAC Council of Ministers, with the mandate to supervise, coordinate, and manage all matters germane to the promotion and development of the tourism and wildlife industry in the region. (Press Release, supra.) The bill also seeks to harmonize national policies, laws, regulations, and standards on tourism and wildlife management. (Id.)

The EAC is a five-member regional intergovernmental organization established by a multinational treaty, originally signed by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania in 2000. (East African Community Portal, (last visited Feb. 23, 2010).) Rwanda and Burundi joined the organization in 2007. (Id.) The stated objective of the EAC is to strengthen political, social, and economic cooperation among member states, with the ultimate goal of establishing a political federation. (Id.)