The Democratic Republic of Congo might be the newest member if a request made by Pesident Felix Tshisekedi through a letter written to the current EAC chairman Paul Kagame.
In a letter dated June 8, Tshisekedi said his country is hoping to deepen its economic ties with the region.
The head of State said this when he met President Uhuru Kenyatta in February this year where the two leaders agreed to deepen trade ties for the benefit of their citizens.
Tshisekedi acknowledged the important role played by the port of Mombasa to the economic wellbeing of the expansive Congo which has a population of 70 million people.
DR Congo has significant hydrocarbon reserves with an estimated proven 1.6 billion barrels of oil reserves and 90 billion cubic meters of natural gas in addition to numerous mining resources.
Largely covered by tropical forests, the Congo has abundant unused arable land equivalent to about one third of its total area.
EAC is an intergovernmental organization composed of six countries in the African Great Lakes region in eastern Africa: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Kagame, the president of Rwanda, is the EAC’s chairman.