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South Sudan is now a fully fledged member of East African Community (EAC). Somalia still has to wait, while Burundi chairmanship bid was rejected at the summit in Arusha, Tanzania.
“South Sudan’s membership of EAC is not strictly on economic benefits but has historical significance. EAC is where we belong,” South Sudan’s vice president James Wani Igga said. South Sudan wanted to be part of East Africa before the independence, he added.
The EAC membership for South Sudan means, the country will have access to East African market and will enjoy political ties with other members: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
Meanwhile, Burundi lost its bid for the EAC chairmanship and the group, choose to extend Tanzania’s tenure under newly elected president JP Magufuli.
Somalia, which applied to join the East African Community three years ago is still waiting. According to the report , the EAC wants more assurance on Somalia’s readiness to join the group.
The summit of heads of states from East African countries met, wednesday in Arusha, Tanzania.