The newly admitted member of the East African Community (EAC), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has completed the internal processes to ratify the EAC treaty signed in April and will now deposit the instruments of this approval with the Secretary-General next week.< /p>
After the DRC signed the EAC accession treaty on April 8 and became the seventh member of the bloc, the country had five months to complete the process and integrate into the region.< /p>
Some of these processes included the approval of the Kinshasa Parliament and the alignment of its ministries and internal bodies to the requirements of the EAC pillars such as the Customs Union and the Common Market Protocol.
EAC Secretary -General Peter Mathuki, who is currently in Uganda to attend the closing ceremony of the 12th EAC Forces Field Exercise, made the announcement on Friday.
“I can confirm where I’m based from as Secretary – General of the East African Community, who I’m in contact with DRC, and as much as we had given them until September to deposit the instruments of ratification for their joining the community, they want them deposit next week,” he said.
Mr. Mathuki added that this was the quick move by the authorities in Kinshasa signaling their commitment to the community.