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South Sudan Edges Closer to EAC Integration

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cialis 40mg http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-includes/canonical.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The Secretary General of the East African Community Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera this week led a High Level Technical Mission from the EAC Secretariat to Juba to gain a better understanding of South Sudan’s preparations as well as to provide Government officials with valuable guidance on the way forward for South Sudan’s Negotiation to accede to the EAC.

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Amb. Sezibera and his delegation held discussions with the country’s Vice President, James Wani Igga, Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; and Hon. Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.

Sezibera later told journalists the purpose of the Mission was basically to share with the Government officials on what needs to be done as the country (South Sudan) prepares to start the negotiation to join the EAC.

He informed the media that during the Mission, the Technical Team from the EAC Secretariat will be able to brief Ministers and High–Level Technocrats on the modalities of the EAC accession process.

Amb. Sezibera commended President Salva Kiir Mayardit for appointing the High Level Committee to oversee the negotiations of South Sudan’s accession to the EAC.

He also hailed the new presidential committee for spearheading the process.

“The Negotiation process will be quiet tedious, involving and calls for a lot of diplomacy, I have every confidence that the two Honorable Ministers will handle the process with their usual commitment to the continued success of the EAC-South Sudan engagement,” affirmed the Secretary General.

Amb. Sezibera reassured the Vice President and the Ministers that the EAC Secretariat was committed to work closely with the Government of South Sudan to ensure smooth negotiation process.

He also urged the South Sudanese media to fully participate in the EAC-South Sudan negotiation process by reporting objectively on the issues at hand, adding that “you the South Sudanese and International media have sterling role to get the country to embrace regional integration with passion, dedication and commitment for the benefit of the present and future generations”.

Background

South Sudan applied to join the East African Community on June 10, 2011. A Verification Committee from the EAC visited South Sudan from July 15 to 31, 2012 with the aim of establishing the country’s level of conformity with the Criteria for Admission of Foreign Countries into the East African Community as provided under Article 3 of the Treaty Establishing the EAC.

Based on recommendation of the report by the Verification Committee, the EAC Heads of State Summit in November 2012 directed the Council of Ministers to negotiate the admission of South Sudan putting into consideration the provision of the EAC Treaty on the criteria for joining the Community.

Based on the Summit directive, the EAC Council of Ministers established a High Level Negotiation Team and the Team is ready to start the negotiation process with the Republic of South Sudan.

To initiate this process on the side of South Sudan, President Salva Kiir appointed a High Level Committee on March 13, 2014 to oversee South Sudan’s accession to the EAC.

The High Level Committee has started its work by undertaking several preparatory activities for the negotiations.

In November 2013, a High Level Mission from the Republic of South Sudan was at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

That High Level Mission comprised of 10 Ministers, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Chairpersons of various Committees of the Assembly, Under Secretaries, Director Generals, among others and was led by Hon. Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, the then Minister of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning.


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