DR Congo President Joseph Kabila (centre) and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame after holding bilateral talks at the Rwanda-DRC border in Rubavu on August 12, 2016. PHOTO | AFP
Rwanda has formally rejoined the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), after Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo presented the instruments of ratification to the economic bloc on August 17.
Rwanda, which had been a member of ECCAS since 1981, was readmitted into the bloc last year, almost 10 years after leaving. When it left, it cited the need to focus on its membership in the East African Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Its readmission to ECCAS has opened up more opportunities for Rwanda and boosted economic ties with the other 10 member states.