With Congo in the EAC, Africa’s Center of Gravity Just Tilted Eastward

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi attends a press conference during the G-20 Compact with Africa, August 27, 2021 (DPA photo via AP Images).
Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi attends a press conference during the G-20 Compact with Africa, August 27, 2021 (DPA photo via AP Images).
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At a virtual summit held Tuesday, the leaders of the East African Community’s member states approved the Democratic Republic of Congo’s admission into the bloc. Congo joins Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda as the trade bloc’s seventh member, giving a significant boost to the country’s trade and security prospects, as well as to regional and continental integration efforts. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who serves as the EAC’s rotating chairperson, described the occasion as “historic” for the bloc and the continent at large, pointing to its potential to increase trade and investment opportunities for the EAC’s citizens, while providing its […]

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