South Sudan will push for admission into the East African Community at the Heads of State Summit in two weeks time, despite having not met all the eligibility criteria.
Government officials argue that Juba has already opened its economy to EAC members though questions on governance, democracy, human rights and security linger.
Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, who led a high level ministerial committee to the latest EAC session on South Sudan accession in mid-October, said that a technical committee had recommended that Juba “is now qualified” to join the bloc. Read more. Source | East African