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Gov’t to clear EAC membership dues

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The government said it will clear off its financial obligations for the East Africa Community (EAC) membership.

Last week, Council of Ministers of the East African Legislative Assembly adopted a resolution to sanction and suspend South Sudan from the EAC if the fails to meet its financial obligations.

Deng Dau Deng, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs on Friday admitted that the country was unable to pay its regional and international obligations due to the economic crisis.

“In fact most of our regional commitments were not paid, simply given our economic condition in South Sudan,” he said

“We have been having commitment with the African Union, East African Community, the Great Lakes Conference International, IGAD, and WTO,” Deng stated.

Deng affirmed that the government through the Ministry of Finance was in the process to clear off the EAC membership fees.

“We have commitment that we have not paid even our embassies, but we will also pay the members of East African Assembly who have been coming here,” he said.

“The concern is already within the Ministry of Finance for that payment to be done,” Deng added.

He reiterated that that paying East African Community was among the top priorities to be executed by the government as soon as possible.

The Deputy Minister didn’t specify when the payment will be effective but reiterated that it would be done as soon as possible.

South Sudan was given grace period of 18 months to pay but failed to meet the deadline of October 4th. South Sudan owes the bloc $27million.

 

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