The East African Community (EAC) heads of state held a virtual meeting earlier this Tuesday to conclude the admission of a regional additional member the Democratic Republic of Congo.
During the 19th extra ordinary virtual summit, the EAC Heads of state concluded the process of admitting the Democratic Republic of Congo as the seventh member of the community.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta who is the current chairman of the Heads of State Summit said that annexing DRC into the EAC is historical for the community and the African continent.
“It demonstrates the ingenuity of the community to expand beyond its social/cultural boundaries to new People and trade centered on partnership and collaboration with expanded opportunities for our people in trade, investment and jobs.”
DRC had applied to join the community three years ago and on Tuesday 29th, March saw their long awaited admission finally came to realty.
“For People who are looking for prosperity. This is a big contribution. Prosperity means you produce and you sell. The more buyers you have the better for that business,” said Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni during the virtual summit.
The summit received and considered the report of the 46th extra-ordinary meeting of council of ministers and the recommendation on the admission of DRC into the community. Félix Tshisekedi the president of DRC during the 19th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State said that the admission of the DRC to the East African Community shows the successful outcome, of both their personal efforts and the expression of a common will to build a community of men and women in solidarity and determination to share the same destiny.
“The DRC takes the solemn commitment to work with all its forces to the development of the EAC in particular by the option of the exploitation of many economic assets of the bloc,” said President Tshisekedi.