South Sudan will assume the chairmanship position of the East Africa Community (EAC) Heads of Summit.
This will take effect at the upcoming ordinary EAC Heads of State Summit
South Sudan will replace Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye, whose one-year tenure ended mid-this year.
Each of the EAC members takes turns in holding the chairman position for one year.
South Sudan joined the EAC in 2016, and this will be its first time to assume the chairmanship.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit is expected to attend the summit and officially assume the chairmanship.
Mayardit will upon his inauguration outline his plans and priorities which will focus on regional integration, economic development, peace and security in the region.
South Sudan will use his time as the EAC chairman to strengthen its ties with its East African neighbours, expanding its regional affairs.
The country has been grappling with a civil war since 2013, but there have been recent signs of progress towards peace and stability.
The EAC is a regional economic bloc that aims to promote economic and social integration among its six member states:
Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Sudan.
The bloc has made significant progress in recent years, including establishing a common market and introducing a single currency.
Kush Republic assuming the EAC chairmanship speaks of the country’s regional integration and cooperation commitment