DRC's entry into EAC gathers pace

DRC's entry into EAC gathers pace

Ministers in charge of East African Community (EAC) Affairs have recommended for consideration by the EAC Heads of State the report of the verification team on the application by the Democratic Republic of Congo to join the Community.

The Ministers further recommended that the EAC Heads of State direct the commencement of negotiations with the DRC, in accordance with the findings of the verification team.

The Ministers made the decision during their 44th Extra-Ordinary Meeting held here recently.

The Council further considered the findings of the report set out to ensure DRC is a good fit to join EAC.

According to the EAC Secretary General Peter Mathuki, the DRC has the potential to contribute to expanded market and investment opportunities.

“By DRC joining, the Community will open the corridor from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as North to South, hence expanding the economic potential of the region,” he said.

During their 21st Ordinary Meeting of  EAC Heads of State held early this year, the leaders directed the EAC Council of Ministers to expeditiously undertake a verification exercise in accordance with the EAC Criteria for Admission of Foreign States.

Mid this year, the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs and Planning appointed the verification team comprising of officials from EAC Partner States and staff from the EAC Secretariat.

The Council also directed the EAC Secretariat to reconvene a Select Committee Meeting on recruitment matters from November 24, 2021 and deferred consideration of the Report of the EALA Commission on the recruitment of the Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the Assembly to November 29, 2021.

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