Democratic Republic of the Congo joins the East African Economic Community: who benefits?

  • Peter Mwangangi
  • BBC Africa Business Reporter, Nairobi

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According to the World Bank, DR Congo has one of the highest poverty rates in the world.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo joined the East African Community (EAC) as the seventh member, greatly expanding the trade bloc’s territory, giving it access to the Atlantic Ocean and dramatically increasing the number of French speakers in what was originally a club. former British colonies.

What changes immediately?

East African Community (EAC) heads of state approved the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s admission to the bloc at Tuesday’s summit, but while the country officially became a member, little could change immediately.

Congolese legislators still need to ratify EAC laws and regulations before they come into effect.

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