South Sudan to join EAC
Talks to accept South Sudan as a member of the East African Community resume this week in Tanzania’s City Arusha, according to Dr Richard Sezibera, the East African Community Secretary General.
South Sudan’s plan to join the EAC is likely to add 11 million people to a regional market that has 140 million people in the five states of Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.
EAC member states like Uganda and Kenya stand to benefit most from South Sudan which gives them a significant market. Currently, Uganda and Kenya’s annual exports to South Sudan are valued at over $200 million (Shs504 billion) and $180 million (Shs453.6 billion) respectively.