East Africa or Eastern Africa is the eastern subregion of the African continent, defined by geography. In the United Nations Statistics Division scheme of geographic regions, 19* territories make up Eastern Africa:Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan are members of the East African Community EAC. The first five are also included in the African Great Lakes region. Burundi and Rwanda are at times also considered to be part of Central Africa. Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland – collectively known as the Horn of Africa. The area is the easternmost projection of the African continent. Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles – small island nations in the Indian Ocean. Réunion and Mayotte – French overseas territories also in the Indian Ocean. Mozambique and Madagascar – often considered part of Southern Africa, on the eastern side of the sub-continent. Madagascar has close cultural ties to Southeast Asia and the islands of the Indian Ocean. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe – often also included in Southern Africa, and formerly constituted the Central African Federation. Sudan and South Sudan – collectively part of the Nile Valley. Situated in the northeastern and central portion of the continent, Sudan is included in Northern Africa. Also members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) free trade area.