Somalia becomes 8th member of EAC
Somalia has been admitted as the eighth member of the East African Community, EAC, on this Friday November 24, 2023.
On this Friday, November 24, the 23rd Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State held in Arusha, Tanzania.
Some of the topics discussed by the participants of the summit include climate change, regional security and the inclusion of Somalia in the wider community of East African countries.
Somalia was visited from January 25 to February 3, 2023, followed by a five-day conference from February 19-23, 2023, which reviewed and approved reports on policy, taxation, trade, finance, governance and reports on EAC institutions including the EALA Parliament and the EAC Court.
The outgoing chairperson, Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye said the heads of state agreed to formally admit Somalia into the bloc, after the lengthy closed-door meeting which lasted more than five hours.
This means that the EAC is now made up of countries 8 including Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.
Accepting this country means that the EAC is going to bordering Indian Ocean, which is expected to contribute to bringing more benefits in block especially commercial benefits.
The meeting also approved the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, as the new chair person who will lead the EAC replacing Evarste Ndayishimiye, the President of Burundi.