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SOMALIA DEPOSITS HER INSTRUMENT OF RATIFICATION OF THE TREATY OF ACCESSION TO THE EAC

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 4th March, 2024 – The Federal Republic of Somalia deposited her instrument of ratification of the Treaty of Accession with the EAC Secretary General making the Horn of Africa country the bloc’s 8th Partner State.

A high-level delegation led by Somalia’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Jibril Abdirashid Haji Abdi, is in Arusha, Tanzania where they deposited the instrument with EAC Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, at the EAC Headquarters.

The Treaty of Accession was signed by Somalia’s President Sheikh Hassan Mohamud and the Chairperson of the Summit of EAC Heads of State, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, who is also the President of the Republic of South Sudan in Entebbe, Uganda on 15th December, 2023. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. 

In line with the EAC Admission Procedure for new members, Dr. Mathuki pronounced the Federal Republic of Somalia as a new member of the Community.

The Secretary General subsequently informed Somalia in writing that the new member has deposited the Instrument of Ratification of the Treaty of Accession and is a full member of the Community [Article 153(1) of the EAC Treaty].

The Secretary General the deposited the Treaty of Accession with the African Union and the United Nations expressing the new members commitment to be bound by the Treaty [Article 153(2) of the Treaty].   

The other seven (7) Partner States are the the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.

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