Arusha, 9 September 2022 (TDI): The East African Community (EAC) made 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. Further, it highlights and promotes the Community´s governing instruments.

The inauguration was officially done by DRC´s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen´Apala.

About 100 DRC Government officials attended the forum. It significantly provided the EAC with an opportunity to enhance the understanding of the officials on the integration pillars and various EAC governing instruments.

These include EAC protocols, laws, regulations, policies, and strategies to ensure the smooth entry of the DRC into the Community.

Remarks of Officials

Pen’Apala revealed that DRC has started planning on redirecting its policies and resources. It aims to create favorable conditions for the development and achievement of the objectives of the Community.

“As a member of the EAC, DRC will enact legislations to ensure effective implementation of the Treaty’s provisions establishing the East African Community,” he further said.

Pen’Apala further assured the EAC that the country is ready to remit its first contribution as a member of the Community, to ensure smooth operations of the Community.

The Vice Prime Minister said DRC is committed to creating a conducive business environment. This can happen through enacting laws and developing policies and programs to facilitate intra-regional trade.

“We are also looking forward to having our representatives join EAC Organs. We want Institutions to strengthen our presence in the Community,” he further noted.

EAC Secretary General Peter Mathuki said DRC was now at liberty to participate in all EAC programs and activities. It significantly resulted due to the accession of the DRC into the Community and subsequently the deposit of the instrument of ratification.