About the office

The Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa (SRO-EA) is based in Kigali, Rwanda and covers Burundi, Comoros, D.R Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The SRO-EA serves two Regional Economic Communities (RECs): Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and East African Community (EAC); and Three intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs): The Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL), The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).

Through the delivery of its services, the SRO-EA collects and analyses statistics on various development and economic issues and challenges of the region, turning out to be an Eastern Africa Data Centre. Through research, the office also does macroeconomic policy analysis and generates relevant knowledge for its constituencies, especially member States and RECs. Moreover, the SRO-EA also enhances the capacity of decision makers to understand regional integration issues and become bona fide players in the process.

ECA/SRO-EA holds its statutory Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) annually todiscuss key issues and challenges pertaining to the economic and social development of the sub-region and make appropriate recommendations to address them. The ICE brings together high-level experts from Eastern African member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), development partners, research centres and other various stakeholders.