Jan 31, 2023

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DR Congo becomes full-fledged member state of East African Community

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now an official member of the East African Community (EAC) after depositing instruments of ratification to join the EAC treaty with the bloc’s secretariat.

At a Monday At the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, the DR Congo delegation, led by its Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’ Apala, took its final step in joining the regional bloc.

“This is a formalisation a situation that has always existed. Somehow we can say that the DRC has joined its people,” said Mr. Apala Pen’ Apala.

“On behalf of the DRC, all the institutions and the people of the Congo, we have full trust and very much the EAC.”

He reiterated his country’s commitment to be part of the community and join the different areas of cooperation across all sectors, programs and activities that promote the four pillars of regional integration — the Customs Union, the Common Market Protocol, Monetary Union and the Political Federation.

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< p>“Today, the completion by the DRC marks the processes and procedures to become a full member of the EAC,” said Dr. Peter Mathuki, EAC Secretary General.

“Article 11 of the Treaty of Accession of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the EAC Treaty provides that the accession The treaty shall enter into force on the date on which the Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo deposited the instrument of ratification with the Secretary General of the EAC. Therefore, I am very pleased to announce that today, July 11, 2022, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the 7th partner country of the EAC.”

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