The East African community is currently made up of six partner states. That is Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. In case the Democratic Republic of Congo succeeds in joining the East African community, it will be the seventh member of the East African community.
The second-largest country on the African continent has a population of over 81 million people. If this population is added to the East African community, it will form a market base of over 250 million people.
Yesterday, the six partner states had an engagement in Goma where they launched a verification team that will look into the suitability of the Democratic Republic of Congo to join the East African community. The process is expected to be finished before the end of November 2021.
Like South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been known for political instability. Hon Mukasa Mbide a legislative representative for Uganda in the East African Legislative assembly said he seconds the idea of the democratic republic of Congo joining the East African Community on the basis of widening the market base not necessarily creating political stability.
He said that some of these partner states are not well managed politically but because of the widening of the market base, he seconds the idea of the Democratic Republic of Congo joining the East African community.