South Sudan to sign EAC accession treaty on Friday

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir will sign the Treaty of Accession of the Republic of South Sudan into the East African Community (EAC) on Friday April 15th.

In a statement released this morning, the East African Secretariat has said the ceremony will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The event follows the approval by the 17th Ordinary Summit held on 2nd March, 2016 in Arusha, Tanzania, where EAC Heads of State admitted the Republic of South Sudan as a new member.

The Summit then designated the Chairperson Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli of The United Republic of Tanzania, to sign the Treaty of Accession with the Republic of South Sudan.

South Sudan Vice President James Wani Igga who represented the country at the EAC meeting in which South Sudan was admitted into the trade bloc has expressed optimism that the inclusion into the community will improve health, education, taxation, ICT, peace and security, migration, industrialization, agriculture and rural development for Africa’s youngest nation.

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