The EAC has recently concluded an EAC 2050 Vision document. The Pillars of Vision 2050 contain five chapters, each of which is a pillar on which the Vision 2050 stands. These pillars are integral to the very idea of long-term transformation, value addition and growth the overarching theme that runs through the vision, needed for accelerating the momentum for sustained growth over the long term.
The 5 pillars are:
(a) Infrastructure development;
(c) Agriculture, food security and rural economy;
(d) natural resource and environment management; and finally
(e) tourism, trade and services development.
The presidents of the six countries of the East African Community have approved the regional Vision. The Heads of State committed themselves to implement the EAC vision and ensure that by 2050, the EAC will have been transformed into an upper-middle income region within a secure and politically united East Africa based on the principles of inclusiveness and accountability. The Heads of State also committed themselves to implement the vision and ensure that by 2050, the EAC will have been transformed into an upper-middle income region within a secure and politically united East Africa based on the principles of inclusiveness and accountability.
Vision 2050 primarily focuses on initiatives that will create gainful employment and must, therefore, aim to accommodate the development pillars and enablers that would create jobs to absorb the expected expansion of workforce in the next decades.
The implementation of Vision 2050 will be based on periodic concentration with marked segments consisting of phases of five years and addressing specific aspects of the Vision.
The EAC vision is a way of harmonizing and consolidating the visions of Partners States as well as the EAC institutions and bringing into focus the interests of the combined population of the community and alignment with the AU Agenda 2063 as well as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in the United Nations.
For the African Union Agenda 2063 which is both a vision and an action plan. It articulates an approach on how the continent should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the immediate and medium term, so as to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.