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Somali to sign Treaty of Accession with EAC today

The Federal Republic of Somalia is inching closer to joining the East African Community, as it moves to sign a Treaty of Accession with the bloc at State House, Entebbe, Uganda today.  

The Treaty of Accession will be signed by Somalia’s President Sheikh Hassan Mohamud and the chairperson of the Summit of EAC Heads of State and South Sudan President , Salva Kiir.

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (left) when he held talks with Burundi’s Evariste Ndayishimiye in Bujumbura a week ago. Image: COURTESY

The signing ceremony will be witnessed by Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Also in attendance will be the EAC Secretary General Peter Mathuki, among other dignitaries.  

The Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State at their 23rd Ordinary Meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania on November 24, considered the Report of the EAC Council of Ministers on the Negotiations with the Federal Republic of Somalia into the EAC.

They resolved to admit Somalia as a full member of the Community. 

The Summit further designated the chairperson of the Summit (President Kiir) to agree with Somalia on when to sign the Treaty of Accession of Somalia into the Community. 

The Summit further directed that within six months after the signing of the Treaty of Accession, Somalia shall be required to deposit the instrument of ratification with the Secretary General.  

The Heads of State also directed the EAC Council of Ministers to develop a roadmap for the integration of Somalia into the Community and report progress to the next meeting of the Summit.  

Other Partner States in Africa’s fastest integrating bloc are Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo ,Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. 

Source: The Star

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