This letter is with reference to Eric Kabeera's interesting news story in yesterday’s issue of The New Times, titled "Sudan's entry to EAC to be discussed."
The East African Community, presently consisting of five countries, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, has grown to become a prosperous region and a force to reckon with.
Hence, it is not surprising that countries like The Republic of Sudan, the newly formed South Sudan and even the Democratic Republic of Congo have expressed their interest to be part of this bloc.
Rwanda would serve as the best model for countries keen on joining the EAC. As Monique Mukaruliza, Rwanda's Minister for the East African Affairs rightly said, it is pivotal to see whether the concerned countries comply with the necessary requirements like good governance, democracy, rule of law, observance of human rights and social justice among others.
The Government of Rwanda, under the able leadership of President Paul Kagame, will continue to guide not just this beautiful country but the entire EAC region whether it is in the establishment of a Customs Union, a Common Market or any other trade agreement.
This would ultimately result in a win-win situation for the entire region.
Travel & Tourism Committee
Indian Merchants' Chamber