EAC Leaders Embrace Somalia Membership Report with Confounding Fervor!
Friday June 9, 2023
Prepare for the shockwaves, as the East African Community (EAC) has just announced some jaw-dropping news. Brace yourself – the heads of state of the EAC have actually adopted a report! Wait, there’s more – the report details Somalia’s application to join the EAC. Can you believe it?
It all went down in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, during the 21st extra-ordinary summit of the EAC heads of state summit. The level of shock and awe in the room must have been palpable, as the EAC announced that they have directed their Council of Ministers and secretariat to negotiate with Somalia.
This is not Somalia’s first rodeo though, as they made their initial application way back in 2012. Why has it taken so long for this to happen? Who knows? But the EAC did finally launch a verification mission on January 25th of this year. Why the wait? Who knows?
Apparently, the verification team comprised of experts from the EAC member states, which is good news. No word yet on whether or not the verification team were as perplexed as we are by the entire situation.
According to the statement made by the EAC, Somalia shares a border with one EAC member country, Kenya. But that’s not all – Somalia also apparently has “strong historical, linguistic, economic, and socio-cultural links with all the EAC member states”. Who knew?
If that isn’t enough to blow your mind, Somalia also has the longest national coastline in Africa, measuring up at over 3,000 kilometers. Talk about impressive. The EAC is apparently rubbing their hands together with glee, as this coastline will increase intra-regional trade.
Buckle up folks – the EAC has seven member states and Somalia may be joining the gang. You heard it here first.