The signing ceremony, attended by Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, witnessed the formalization of Somalia’s entry into the seven-member EAC. President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Chairperson of the Summit of EAC Heads of State, joined Somalia’s President Sheikh Hassan Mohamud in signing the treaty.
Kiir emphasized that Somalia’s accession is a "major boost" to the regional integration agenda, recognizing the EAC’s achievements in its pillars of integration. President Mohamud expressed immense pride in Somalia’s entry, stating that it symbolizes hope for a future filled with possibilities.
"Our mission is clear; strengthen friendship, contribute to prosperity, and actively shape a brighter future for the population of this Community," said Mohamud, emphasizing Somalia’s role in enhancing the bloc’s trade and investment potential.
Ugandan President Museveni, one of founders of the EAC, highlighted the significance of the bloc’s re-establishment, emphasizing the original goals of prosperity, strategic security, and regional unity. EAC Secretary General Peter Mutuku Mathuki, present at the event, explained that Somalia now has six months to undertake internal processes, including ratification of the EAC Treaty, before fully participating in the bloc’s activities.
The EAC Summit on November 24 had already approved Somalia’s full membership, and the subsequent signing of the Treaty of Accession marks a crucial step towards Somalia’s integration into the East African Community.