The Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) has officially joined the East African Community after endorsement from member states.
This was confirmed in a statement dated 29th March 2022, released by the organization’s Public Relations department. In the statement, the different heads of member states accepted the country to be part of the EAC because it was eligible enough and had accepted to follow all the rules of procedure.
“We have concluded the regional process for admitting new members as provided for in our rules of procedure,” said H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, who had chaired the organ’s 19th Summit said.
Felix Tshisekedi, the president of DRC revealed that his country joined the EAC to strengthen ties with East African members and use it as a tool to foster trade and mining.
“It is the desire of DRC to see the creation of a new organ in the EAC that solely focused on mining, mineral resources, and energy that will be based in Kinshasha DRC…,” he said.
The Democratic Republic of Congo becomes the 7th member of the EAC which is made up of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and now DRC.
The first EAC, which succeeded the East African Common Services Organization on December 1, 1967, was established by the Treaty for East African Co-operation, signed in June 1967 by the presidents of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. This organization was dissolved in 1977, but links between the three governments were reaffirmed with the establishment of the Permanent Tripartite Commission for East African Co-operation in November 1993. That body continued the mission of the EAC until July 2000, when the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community entered into force