East African regional bloc's expansion in progress: official

2021-05-21 17:06:09 GMT2021-05-22 01:06:09(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

DAR ES SALAAM, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The expansion of the six-member East African Community (EAC) is in progress, the EAC's Secretary General, Peter Mathuki, said on Friday.

Mathuki said the expansion of the bloc was in progress with steps to process the Democratic Republic of Congo for admission now at an advanced stage, according to a statement issued by the EAC headquarters in Tanzania's Arusha.

Mathuki said the EAC was keen on moving to the next level by strengthening trade and cooperation with other nations and regional economic communities.

He said the EAC was seeking strategic partners for trade and investment as it expands the regional market.

EAC member states currently include Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Enditem