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South Sudan joins COMESA trading bloc

SOUTH SUDAN JOINS COMESA TRADING BLOC

Speaking in Mombasa Kenya, COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya said South Sudan decided to join the COMESA’s Regional Customs Transit Guarantee (RCTG) carnet scheme.

The scheme is a custom transit regime designed to facilitate movement of goods under the customs seals in the region to provide the required customs security and guarantee to the transit countries.

South Sudan Director General for External Trade at the Ministry of Trade, Stephen Matatia, said they are happy that they are now part of the COMESA.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): STEPHEN MATATIA, South Sudan Official
“In south Sudan now we have peace and now we join in COMESA as trading bloc but in the yellow card and RCTG scheme we are happy we are not in isolation we join in any trading bloc and I think this is a requirement of the globalization.”

Other COMESA member countries are Burundi, Comoros, D.R. Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar,Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Earlier this month, South Sudan was admitted into the EAC, increasing the membership of the common market to six with a population of 162 million people.

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

The world’s newest nation, which gained independence in July 2011 after seceding from Sudan, had applied to join the bloc four years back.

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