By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan
August 5, 2015 (SSB) — In the previous two articles we have seen outlines of the main issues South Sudan’s accession to the EAC is likely to entail. Part-2 considered structural and institutional areas that could be seen to be the concerns of the camp against joining the regional block. These include questions of giving up some features of national sovereignty to the block in promotion of a bigger dream of regional and, ultimately, continental unity.
We may now flip the debate over to the benefits South Sudan is expected to reap from accession. These benefits are essentially economic in nature because countries worldwide create inter-state relations with enhancing their citizens’ welfare as an overall objective.
One of the main issues to be analyzed is refuting the argument that income repatriation will have negative effects. This holds that, since it might take a decade or so for it to reach halve the level of industrial output found in the other EAC countries, South Sudan’s status of exclusive importer means a sizable part of its oil revenue shall be “lost” to buying commodities from neighboring countries. However, this contention might be somewhat misleading and unreasonably antagonistic towards joining EAC.