The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat will get about $12 million less for its expenditure during the 2016/2017 financial year which is a drop from what it received for the current fiscal year.
It will get $57.8 million for 2016/2017 against $69.6 million it received during 2015/2016.
The Community is embarking on cost-cutting due to reduced support from donors.
The Secretariat is the top executive organ of the EAC and is headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania and is headed by Secretary General Richard Sezibera of Uganda.
The regional court will also receive less cash in the next fiscal year while the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala), which has been in the past been criticised for alleged misuse of funds at the bloc, will have its budget for 2016/2017 upped marginally to $16 million from the $15.8 million it received during this fiscal year.
If the proposed estimates are approved by Gala, the entire budget for the EAC, its organs and institutions under it will total $101.3 million for the next financial year, slightly less than $110.6 million which was approved for expenditure during 2015/2016.
The East African Court of Justice (EACJ), which together with the Secretariat and the regional Assembly make the principal organs of EAC, will receive $4.2 million, slightly less than the $4.3 million it was allocated for 2015/2016 financial year.
The budget estimates also indicate that institutions under the EAC, including the recently established ones, had their budget allocations for the coming fiscal year much increased with some having their finances doubled compared with the current financial period.
Those which had their estimates doubled include the East African Competition Authority ($1.5 million), the East African Kiswahili Commission ($1.1 million) and the East African Health Research Commission ($1.3 million).
Other institutions under the Community which will get slightly more money for expenditure during the coming fiscal year than the current period are Lake Victoria Basin Commission ($11.2 million), Inter-University Council of East Africa – IUCEA ($44.5 million) and East African Science and Technology Commission ($1.1 million).
Only the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO), which is one of the oldest organizations of the revived EAC, had its budget for the coming financial year cut by about a half.