EALA MPs laud S. Sudan EAC membership

12Mar 2016
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EALA MPs laud S. Sudan EAC membership

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has commended South Sudan for becoming the sixth member state of the East African Community (EAC), urging the world’s youngest country to expedite signing of the Treaty of Accession and strengthen peace and security within its borders.

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan

In their House contributions on Wednesday, the legislators passed a resolution congratulating the new member of the regional bloc.

The Motion for the resolution to congratulate the Republic of South Sudan upon admission into the EAC was tabled by Peter Mathuki and Dora Byamukama.

Mathuki noted that for South Sudan to join the Community, the bloc has gone extra mile in promoting business and economic development as well as bringing the continent closer to the coveted African Unity.

“I wish to take this opportunity to whole heartedly welcome our new member South Sudan to EAC. I congratulate the Summit (Heads of State of EAC) for granting membership to South Sudan...this was a move in the right direction,” Tanzania’s MP to EALA ShyroseBhanji said in his contribution to the House.

“It is my hope that South Sudan will aspire to build and strengthen its peace and security in order to exploit the trade opportunities in the bloc that offers a market area of 140 million to 170 million people,” she added.

“We call on the government and the parties concerned to adhere to the peace agreement so their people may enjoy peace and security and benefit from the trade opportunities,” she added.

EAC Secretary General of Amb Dr Richard Sezibera said, “we worked together to strengthen their (S. Sudan) capacity in terms of revenue collection and customs administration among other areas.”

“The verification report also details what the country must do and there are key recommendations with timelines and issues raised in the House that have been addressed,” he added.

The Resolution avers that the accession of the Republic of South Sudan into membership of the EAC will enhance co-operation and integration between the country and EAC Partner States.

It notes that the EAC conducted a verification mission to the Republic of South Sudan between back in July of 2012 to check on its preparedness to join the Community.

Further negotiations between the EAC and the Partner States took place between March and October of last year at the EAC headquarters in Arusha.

At the last sitting of the Summit in Arusha last week, the Summit of EAC Heads of State received the report of the Council of Ministers and went ahead to admit the country into the regional bloc.