By the Blouin News World staff

South Sudan gets lifeline from EAC membership

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Proposed East African railway routes. (Source: mwmbwls/flickr)

Proposed East African railway routes. (Source: mwmbwls/flickr)

For war-torn South Sudan, being accepted into the East African Community (EAC) last week offers a lifeline to peace and prosperity. Vice president James Wani Igga briefed members of parliament on Thursday about the benefits offered by the country’s accession to the economic bloc (which also includes Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, and Uganda).

The economy of South Sudan depends mostly on exporting oil and subsistence agriculture. But it could be much more – the country is rich in natural resources, and if it can achieve lasting peace, it could tap into its tourism potential (it reportedly has wildlife migrations similar to the Serengeti).

On Tuesday, Rwanda’s ambassador to the EAC, Valentine Rugwabiza, called South Sudan’s accession…

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