Monday December 11, 2017

Leaked: South Sudan application to join East African Community rejected

East African Presidents, from left to right, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda pose for a group photograph [AP]
ARUSHA (Tanzania) – The application by South Sudan to join the EAC (East African Community) is all but rejected by member states of the region according to a leaked report from the office of the EAC Secretary General Amb. Dr Richard Sezibera.
The report claimed that South Sudan was rejected to join the East African block because “it’s institutions were weak and the environment for trades were very poor, hostile and non-conducive for trades”, enough to disqualify the country for membership. 
According to the report seen by The Upper Nile Times, the decision was made before the violent that erupted on 15 of December last year. 
EAC membership gives participating countries a chance to trade freely in the region and to allow an easy integration for tariffs reduction and goods passage. Current members of the block include Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. 
South Sudan also applied to joint the commonwealth and the Arab League. None of the two is yet to respond to the request.
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