South Sudan Becomes Full Member Of The East African Community

After the conclusion of the 17th Extraordinary East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last evening, the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in a Facebook post congratulated  South Sudan upon becoming a full member of the Community after it deposited the instrument of ratification at the secretariat.

He wrote: We have concluded the 17th Extraordinary East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this evening.

Among the key resolutions were that the EAC would take another three months to study details of the European Union-EAC Economic Partnership Agreements and arrive at a collective position in January next year.

The summit also received and discussed Facilitator Benjamin Mkapa’s report on Burundi dialogue. The council of ministers will also avail a budget for this process at the next summit.

We congratulated South Sudan for becoming a full member of the Community after it deposited the instrument of ratification at the secretariat.

In my brief remarks when asked to greet the audience by host President John Magufuli, I reiterated the importance of integration, pointing out that’s it is a matter of life and death to our region.

In 1978 when China opened up, it was less developed than several African countries that were opening up at the same time. However since then, China has attracted $2.6 trillion worth of investment while Africa has attracted only $650 billion. Difference? It’s because China is one market while Africa is 53 fragmented markets. Integration, therefore, is a matter of life and death to us.

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