The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DR Congo, Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’Apala, deposited on Monday July 11 the instruments of ratification of his country on the accession to the Treaty of the EAC, with the Secretary General of EAC, Peter Mathuki.
The official presentation of the instrument of ratification, which marked the final phase of the country’s admission as the seventh member of the EAC, took place at the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
Mathuki said: “Today is a very important day for the Community and for the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the Secretary-General receives the instrument of ratification of the Treaty of Accession of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Treaty Establishing East Africa. Community.”
This comes after Kinshasa completed internal and constitutional processes to ratify the EAC treaty DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi signed on April 8. Kinshasa had been given until September 29, ie a period of about six months, to undertake the internal and constitutional procedures for the ratification of the EAC treaty and submit it to the EAC secretary general.
The deposit of the instruments of ratification with the Secretary General of the EAC is the final step in the admission of a new member, as provided for in the Treaty Establishing the East African Community.
By depositing the instruments, DR Congo now has all the rights and privileges, like any EAC partner state, to participate in all programs and activities of the bloc and affirms to respect the obligations of the bloc.
Among other things, this means that from now on, DR Congo will fully participate in all programs and activities of the EAC and will also join various areas of cooperation with the bloc.
The vast country now joins the EAC and the cooperation of all partner states in all sectors, programs and activities that promote the four pillars of regional integration – customs union, common market, monetary union and federation. Politics.
The EAC secretariat had already drawn up a draft roadmap for the integration of DR Congo into the bloc. Congolese officials will now go through the document with their EAC counterparts to design a final document that gives an appropriate timeline for each process and associated costs.