Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has expressed interest in his country’s interest to join the East African Community as the 7th member.
In a letter written to President Paul Kagame, current chairperson of the East African Community, Mr Tsishekedi said that the decision was informed by the increasing trade between his country and the EAC country members.
“Following the conversation we had in Kigali and later on in Kinshasa and the interest that showed my country to adhere to the community of the East African Community, I am honoured to make an official adhesion request,” the letter reads in part.
The Central African nation is also a member of the SADC, it handles huge transactions with east African countries with most of the imports passing through the port of Mombasa.
It is one of the biggest countries in Sub Saharan Africa with a total area of 2.3 million square kilometres and a population of more than 70 million.
At a past meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tsishekedi said that East African countries would benefit more following its entry into the community.