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We are ready to join the Community, Somalia President says

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 26th October, 2022: The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud urged the East African Community to fast-track his country’s admission into the Community.

The president said Somalia joining the Community has been a delayed dream for the people and the Government of Somalia and urged the Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, to expedite the process of admission so that his country can be the 8th member of the EAC. 

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DRC President presides over signing of Agreement giving greenlight to the deployment of the EAC Joint Regional Force

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 9th September, 2022: The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), H.E President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi has presided over the signing of an agreement giving green light to the deployment of the EAC Joint Regional Force, led by the Armed Forces of the DRC in Eastern DRC, to fight the negative forces. 

East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, Hon (Dr.) Peter Mathuki and DRC’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’Apala signed the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) at the official residence of the President in Kinshasa, DRC. 

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EAC Mission to DRC kicks off with discussions on creating a conducive business environment top of the agenda

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 7th September, 2022: The East African Community (EAC) on Wednesday kicked off its maiden mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at a meeting with a high level government delegation in Kinshasa. 

The objective of the EAC mission is to enhance the understanding of DRC Government officials on the commitments in the EAC integration pillars and the Community´s governing instruments. 

The inaugural meeting between the mission and the DRC team was officially opened to Kinshasa by DRC´s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen´Apala.  

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EAC Secretary General to lead delegation to the DRC to enhance integration and explore business linkages

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 2nd September, 2022: The East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, Hon (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, is set to lead a delegation comprising the Heads of EAC Organs and Institutions and eminent regional business leaders, to the bloc’s newest Partner State, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 6th September to 9th September, 2022. 

The EAC maiden mission to Kinshasa aims at enhancing awareness among DRC government officials on the existing EAC instruments, create trade synergies, explore and build business partnerships and immediate linkages for business associations. 

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EAC Secretary General meets EAC Partner States' Ambassadors based in Paris, France

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 1st September, 2022: The East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, Wednesday met EAC Partner States ambassadors based in Paris, France.  

The Ambassadors hailed the Secretary General for the various projects being undertaken by the bloc and the successful holding of the Summit in which the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) participated for the first time as a full Partner State.  

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EAC Election Observation Mission releases Preliminary Findings on the Kenya General Election

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 11th August, 2022; The EAC Election Observation Mission (EAC-EOM) has expressed satisfaction at the manner in which the voting exercise in the Kenya 2022 General Election was conducted and called on Kenyans to continue maintaining peace after the results of the elections are declared. 

Speaking during a press briefing convened to release the preliminary findings of the EAC-EOM in Nairobi, the Head of Mission, H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, lauded the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for the improvements made in regards to transparency, preparations, and management of the 2022 Kenya General Election.  

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East African Community dispatches Election Observation teams to the field

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 6th August, 2022: The East African Community (EAC) has deployed 15 Election Observation Teams to observe Tuesday’s General Election in the Republic of Kenya.  

Flagging off the Election Observation Teams from the Head of the EAC-Election Observation Mission headquarters in Nairobi today, H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, said that the observers had undergone training over the past five days to enable them undertake their responsibilities as International Observers and as EAC Observers.   

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(L-R) East African Community Secretary General, Hon (Dr) Peter  Mathuki makes his remarks as Hon. Liberata Mulamula, Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, United Republic of Tanzania and Ambassador Manfredo Fanti, Head of the European Union Delegation to Tanzania and to the EAC look on

EAC Secretary General hails strong diplomatic and trade relations with European Union

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 10th May, 2022: The East African Community Secretary General, Hon (Dr) Peter  Mathuki, has hailed cordial relations between the European Union (EU) and EAC Partner States coupled with strong trade relations since 1975 under the Lomé Convention and the Cotonou Partnership Agreements. 

The Secretary General said that the EU for a number of years has been supported the EAC regional integration agenda through the National Indicative Programmes (NIPs), the Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) and implementation of several East Africa Road Network/Transport Corridors, Energy projects, migration programmes and frameworks for democratic governance among other programmes. 

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Democratic Republic of Congo inches closer to joining EAC

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 9th February, 2022: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has inched closer to becoming a member of the East African Community (EAC) following a recommendation by the EAC Council of Ministers to the Summit of EAC Heads of State for the Central African country to be admitted into the bloc.

The Council’s recommendation to the Summit follows negotiations held between a team of experts from the EAC and the DRC from 15th to 24th January, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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DRC reaffirms Her willingness to join East African Community

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 17th January, 2022The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reaffirmed her willingness to join the East African Community. 

DRC’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’Apala, said that DRC was looking forward to increased trade and investment, and strengthened relations with EAC, adding that her relations with EAC Partner States had largely been at a bilateral level. 

Hon. Pen’Apala said that DRC was keen on cooperating with the EAC for maximum exploitation of both natural and human resources in the region.  

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