Somali authorities renews request for EAC membership

Mogadishu – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who attended the prelude to the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit in Arusha, Tanzania on Thursday, has once more submitted an official request for membership.

Mohamud was invited to the twenty first Ordinary Summit of EAC Heads of State as a particular visitor and Villa Somalia stated in a press release that his journey would give attention to renewing Somalia’s push to be a part of the regional bloc.

“I am happy to see the Somali flag flying next to the flags of your countries today and I hope it will remain there for many years to come. Somalia can be a rich country. We have mineral, livestock- and agricultural resources. More importantly, we have a vibrant business community. The economic and social future of the Horn of Africa countries is interdependent,” he stated.

“The future of these countries is connected and Somalia does not want to be a burden to you. Instead we want to be a useful country that contributes to these important countries. That is why I am speaking on behalf of the Somali people today, submit a official request for our membership in the East African Community (EAC).”

The authorities of Somalia submitted the request to be a part of this EAC in 2016, however the EAC stated it might ship a delegation to Somalia to judge Somalia’s degree of preparedness. However, the EAC has not but traveled to Mogadishu for its evaluation.

If Somalia joined the East African Community (EAC), its residents would achieve extra entry to the EAC market and have the opportunity to promote items to member nations tax-free. Somalia would even have visa-free entry into EAC nations and be eligible for the East African passport.

EAC was first established in 1967, however was disbanded a decade later. It was re-established in 2000 and now consists of seven nations within the Great Lakes area of Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

The whole annual economic system of the EAC is estimated at greater than 300 billion US {dollars}, with the full quantity of individuals dwelling in these nations estimated at 312 million, sharing and touring on one passport.

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