EAC to assess Somalia’s readiness to join the Community
“The East Africa Community (EAC) is set to officially launch the Verification Mission to assess the Federal Republic of Somalia’s readiness to join the EAC, today. The verification team in Mogadishu comprises of Senior officials from all EAC Partner States,” read a social media post by the Jumuiya.
Mogadishu applied, for the second time, in 2019, to join the community but the Community never sent a team of experts to the country to determine if it qualified for membership. There were several issues EAC needed Mogadishu to align itself with. Tentatively, the procedure for joining the Community takes at least two years.
After the Democratic Republic of Congo was admitted to the Community, Somalia reapplied and showed interest to join the EAC.
In a previous address at the EAC heads of State Summit, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said, “Somalia belongs to East Africa. There is no country among the seven countries sitting here that Somalia is not linked to by business, by community or by any other means.”
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