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South Sudan becomes EAC’s sixth member state

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February 3, 2016 (ARUSHA) - The Republic of South Sudan (RSS) was on Wednesday admitted into the East African Community (EAC), increasing the membership of the common market to six with a population of an estimated 163 million people.

The 17th Ordinary session of the EAC Heads of State Summit in Arusha, Tanzania, resolved to admit the young nation into the economic bloc.

“South Sudan is a new member of the EAC,” the EAC secretariat officially announced.

South Sudan’s admission to the EAC ends several years of waiting to join the regional bloc, comprising Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda.

Observers say the move was good for the world’s youngest nation, which has been struggling with a crumbling economy following a two-year devastating civil war.

Edmund Yakani, a South Sudanese activist, said South Sudan’s EAC membership offers a new opportunity for engaging directly the government of the member states.

"On the top of our expectation as priority after the admission of South Sudan is the timely and effective implementation of the peace agreement", he said in a statement.

South Sudan applied for EAC membership soon after gaining its independence from Sudan in 2011, but the process of its admission delayed for a number of reasons.

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  • 3 March 2016 09:32, by Akuma

    It’s good to be in the bloc but time matters. South Sudan will suffer most since majority of bloc countries members are fully well equip basically on economic, political, & socially

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    • 3 March 2016 09:42, by Eastern

      Akuma,

      That’s not an excuse! South Sudan shouldn’t continue to be the cry baby. In South Sudan today, those who are educated are sidelined and kept out of government. You have joined the club of shrewd people, be ready for what comes out out it. I love the idea.

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      • 3 March 2016 13:15, by Force 1

        Eastern;

        Are you the educated one that’s left out by the South Sudanese ruling elites? Or is it some of your relatives who often comments here online? If so, then you don’t seem much like one. If you are the symbol of the educated one, then the education lost its true meaning.

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        • 3 March 2016 14:10, by Eastern

          But the that’s to answer the kind of lies people of your ilk continue to peddle: South Sudan is young, starting from scratch, etc. What will Kiir’s government accept to work with the many South Sudanese professionals both at home and in the diaspora? if Kiir’s government utilised the human capital without looking at tribes, don’t you think South Sudan would be Burundi and Rwanda combined?

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  • 3 March 2016 09:43, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    South Sudan ain’t fit and qualified to join the EAC in reference to article 3 (3) (b) of the EAC treaty, which requires members to adhere to the acceptable standards of good governance, democracy, rule of law and observance of human rights and social justice. Thus, on the basis of the aforementioned article, Inter alia, the membership is just a politically motivated move without legal mandate and

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    • 3 March 2016 09:47, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

      As such, the action should be discarded instead of celebrating it. On top of that, illiteracy rate in our Country is still at a higher decree and our economy ain’t stable. Therefore, the membership is illegal and it’s only for the satisfaction of the other EAC member States, but not for South Sudan. I hope the parliament wouldn’t ratify that inappropriate treaty.

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      • 3 March 2016 11:50, by Eastern

        Now tell the forum how your low literacy and dying should have stopped you from joining EAC. Do you want South Sudan to remain the island of illiterate blood sucking savages killing one another over cattle and such things? Joining the EAC is not going to benefit the EAC member countries but South Sudan who import everything. Think about that!

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  • 3 March 2016 10:08, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:

    That was trick from JCE to joint EAC because they knew if the leadership taken by Nuer they will have no way to survive the only way for them is to joint neighbor countries for settlement.

    Son of prophet
    currently in gembella.

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    • 3 March 2016 11:00, by Big Head

      Son of Devil,

      that is wishful dream, you will died rebel and food minded community unless you change your greed.

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    • 3 March 2016 11:46, by Eastern

      Now how would that save the JCE from nuers? Joining the EAC is not for the benefits of the dinkas as you will soon realise.

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      • 3 March 2016 15:31, by Thokidine

        "Eastless, u might not be having the requiring IQ to help u understand the meaning of joining EAC otherwise u would not have dearly support this fake idea. we are not producing anything but consuming too much, what benefit are we getting from consuming? even if we did not join, we would still import.

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        • 4 March 2016 06:23, by Eastern

          Is South Sudan starting to become a damping ground after joining the EAC? Brazilians started damping dead chickens in South Sudan for over 10 years. Sudanese rotten dura finds market in South Sudan. Ugandan maize feed South Sudanese all over the country. Did these countries as you to sit idle and not produce? Lazy best describes you!!!

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          • 4 March 2016 08:22, by Mr. Right

            Eastern,
            I think "dumping" not "damping" is beneficial and shouldn’t be construed in a negative way.

            Selling your "quality products" at cheaper prices in a new market in order to gain some share of that market is what dumping all about. Don’t you now love the idea, mate!!

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    • 3 March 2016 12:11, by deng

      Son of nyundeeng,

      Yes,you are currently residing in Gambella, Ethiopia not residing in South Sudan and that is the bottom line. You are finished....... Monyjang oyeee!!!!

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      • 4 March 2016 01:13, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Deng and all intellectuals, just to let you know that Son of Ngundeng/evil/devil and many Machar’s supporters don’t have capacity to analysis anything and that’s why they live in the refugee camp after war. As you can see if they have capacity to analysis things right, they should not reject South Sudan becoming EAC member. Also, they don’t want to recognize great things done by Dinkas people.

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    • 3 March 2016 21:13, by dad1

      son of nyandeng you are almost heading to hell at the first place you are in pathay and move to pagak and now you are in Gambella refugee camp and tomorrow you will be in Juba announcing your defection from IO to SPLM/SPLA

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    • 4 March 2016 14:42, by Hardlinner

      Ngundeng, just like your name suggest. you will remain stupid for life. by the way who said nuer person shouldn’t rule south Sudan?. only idiot of your kinds shall never be allow to ascend to power. south sudan need to be handed over to young generation. the like kiir, riek and all bunches of their old school politicians have caused stagnation in development.

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  • 4 March 2016 08:16, by Kenyang

    South Sudan just moved out from union (Sudan) because it wasn’t working; futile. This rush move to new partner, crafty/deceptive East Africans will not make things better.

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