South Sudan ambassador to Uganda, Samuel Luate, has welcomed the admission of his country in the East African Community [EAC].
South Sudan was admitted by EA leaders at the concluded 17th EAC summit held in Arusha Tanzania.
Commenting on the development, Luate told a Ugandan television station [NBS] that South Sudan is open to competition and ready to learn from other East African Community (EAC) member states.
“We are lagging behind in terms of technology and other areas but we want to catch up.”
“I hope that regional institutions will open their doors for South Sudanese to learn. We have to work together to move forward,” Luate added.
Ambassador Luate, also announced that South Sudan’s oil will benefit all the people of East Africa.
He also revealed that the Juba government has appointed Dr. Riek Machar as the first deputy president and has implemented the peace agreement.
Gerald Karyeija, speaking on the same matter, said South Sudan joining East African Community gives peers including Uganda credibility to intervene when things go wrong.
With South Sudan’s entry, the market for various goods increases but there is need to further remove barriers, he noted.
“I hope that joining the EAC will raise S. Sudan’s levels of accountability and foster healing.”