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Minister luk to settle E. African obligations

By Bullen Bala Alexander

The newly appointed Minister for East African Community Affairs vowed to settle and meet all the obligations that were needed from South Sudan as an East African member State.

South Sudan joined the East African Community in 2016 but it has been an inconsistent member. It has not completed paying its annual membership fee. The country is required to pay about 27 million dollars as arrears for the last four years but had only paid 3 million dollars.

Last year, the community threatened to suspend South Sudan due to the delay in paying the money.

John Luk Jok, minister of the newly created Ministry of East African Community Affairs said there were a lot of requirements which needed to settled.

He said among the requirements for South Sudanese to have full participation in East African affairs “Trust from Union, Common Market for East African Countries, Monetary Union for the Community, and Political Federation and other protocols which need full participation of South Sudanese.

“My work here is to coordinate the participation of South Sudan in the integration of East Africn Community,” said Luk.

He made the remark during his reception as a minister of East African Community Affairs at the Ministry of Trade and Industry headquarters on Tuesday in Juba.

Luk stressed that South Sudan have not yet seen the benefits of being a member of East African Community “but we will make sure that those benefits are realized and seen by South Sudanese.”

Mou Mou Athian Kuol, the Undersecretary Ministry of East African Community Affairs called on all the employees to continue cooperating with the new minister.

“I and my boss will work together to make sure that all the plans of the ministry are fulfilled and implemented in time,” Mou said.

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