EAST AFRICAN LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY CONGRATULATES S. SUDAN ON JOINING EAC
ARUSHA, TANZANIA, March 11 -- The admission of the South Sudan to the East African Community (EAC) as its sixth member State has been approved by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA( which passed a resolution congratulating the country on its admission here Thursday.
The Assembly also urged the government of South Sudan to expeditiously sign the Treaty of Accession and to deposit the instrument of accession with the Office of the Secretary General of the EAC.
The resolution said the admission of South Sudan in the EAC would enhance co-operation and integration between the country and other EAC States.
The EAC had conducted a verification mission to South Sudan to check on its preparedness to join the Community. Further negotiations between the EAC and the Partner States took place between March and October 2015, at the headquarters in Arusha.
At the last EAC Summit in Arusha last week, the EAC Heads of State received the report of the Council of Ministers and admitted South Sudan into the sub-regional bloc.
With South Sudan joining the Community, the bloc will be expanded and provide potential growth for the region of more than 160 million citizens. It also is expected to promote business and general economic development.