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Kenyan envoy backs South Sudan’s EAC bid

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By Julius N. Uma

December 13, 2011 (JUBA) — The Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan,
Cleland Leshore said his country remains in full support of South
Sudan’s recent application to join the East African Community (EAC); a
regional body that currently comprises Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and
Rwanda.

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Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan, Cleland Leshore (ST)

In an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune on the eve of Kenya’s
48th independence anniversary in Juba, the South Sudan capital,
Leshore said admission of Africa’s newest nation into the regional
integration will enhance stability among the member countries.

"South Sudan, as you may be aware, has for long been associated with
the other East African nations historically, socio-economically,
politically and culturally. [Thus] by applying to join the East
African Community, it will be a form of formalizing these already
existing traditional ties," he said.

Last month, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit announced his
country had officially applied for membership of the regional
integration, barely five months after its July 09 independence
declaration.

According the Kenyan ambassador, current members of the EAC will
mutually benefit from South Sudan’s presence in terms of improvement
in education, road infrastructure and border security reforms. He also
emphasized the need for continued cooperation among the EAC member
countries, describing it as a platform for achieving development.

In a related development, South Sudan’s minister for telecommunication
and postal services, Madut Biar on Monday congratulated the Kenyan
government and its people upon their 48th independence attainment,
reiterating the importance for stronger bi-lateral relations between
the two countries.

Biar, who represented President Kiir at a ceremony organized by the
Kenyan embassy in Juba, lauded also the Kenyan government and the
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member countries
for their contributions towards the 2005 peace deal, which ended over
two decades of the bloody north-south civil war.

"As we celebrate this momentous occasion, let us all toast to the
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and entire Kenyan population as they
commemorate their 48th anniversary," the minister said, as he raised
his glass amidst cheers from the audience.

Describing Kenya as South Sudan’s strong ally, the telecommunication
and postal services minister said continued cooperation between the
two nations will boost trade, agriculture, investments, capacity
building, and infrastructures, among others.

Currently, plans are reportedly underway to make the landlocked South
Sudan the ‘hub’ of sea ports shipments for East, West and North
Africa. As part of the strategy is the proposal to build highways and
railways passing through South Sudan and connecting Indian Ocean from
Kenya with the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa as well as the Red Sea to
facilitate transit of goods.

(ST).

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  • 14 December 2011 07:33, by J P Puok

    But like the cat said to rat’s children "let them come in who will eat them" is itn’t it EAC?

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    • 14 December 2011 20:21, by $ 10,000,000

      SOUTH SUDAN CAN REMAIN IN OBSERVER POSITION FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE ATTAINING FULL MEMBERSHIP. ALLOW TEN YEARS OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION FIRST SO THAT STRATEGIES OF STEALING BY KENYANS OR RWANDANS CAN LEARNED FIRST. WHY ARE YOU IN RUSH? YOU GUYS CAN BUILD YOUR HOUSES IN THOSE COUNTRIES IF SOUTH IS BAD FOR YOU BUT DON’T MAKE DISABLE THE ECONOMY. IT IS TOTALLY MAKING NO SENSE TO RUSH

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  • 14 December 2011 07:44, by Madina Tonj

    Well South Sudan are not only sharing those mention by Ambassador Mr. Leshor but also most of the tribes in both sisters nations such as Uganda and Kenya were originally moved from Southern Sudan and they are even still associate with those relatives left in Southern Sudan. The South Sudan also can be part of East Africa communities by all definition you can name it English style, Africa tradition

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    • 14 December 2011 15:30, by Wiseman

      Madina, that is not the case.EAC is a community market whereby East African countries came in to sell their pd’ts but S.Sudan has no Agri-products to sell.Being a consumer doesn’t required you to be a member of anything.A child can learn how to walk first before running..this is the same thing to S.Sudan.We have to build our roads and starts producing some Agri-products first before joining EAC.

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      • 14 December 2011 15:51, by Wiseman

        Otherwise paying membership fees without selling any products in EAC market community will be a big load to S.Sudan. One need to be competitive in order to join any
        membership in anything related to business or else you will not do well.S.Sudan should’t rush to the membership for the fact that development can be start internal then goes external.

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  • 14 December 2011 16:04, by Ambago

    Did he ever talk about improving the Postal Service in South Sudan, or at least to cooperate with Kenya, if not to copy what is currently there?

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