East Africa: Region Gets Over U.S.$2 Million for Peace Efforts in Eastern DR Congo

The first Quadripartite Summit held in Luanda, Angola, on Tuesday, June 27, over the security crisis in eastern DR Congo took note “with concern the lack of predictable, adequate and sustainable funding” for regional efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

In this regard, a communique released at the end notes, the Summit directed the AU Commission in coordination with members of the Quadripartite to undertake resource mobilization for the efficient and effective implementation of the Comprehensive Joint Master Plan involving the Luanda roadmap and Nairobi peace process.

As noted, the leaders from four regional blocs of the African continent – the EAC, ECCAS, ICGLR and SADC – who expressed appreciation to the government Angola for hosting the inaugural Quadripartite Summit also welcomed the signing of a grant agreement of $2 million between the AU and the EAC in facilitating the operation of the EAC-RF.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Quadripartite Summit by EAC Secretary General Peter Mathuki and the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Bankole Adeoye.

On the sidelines of the Quadripartite Summit in Angola, EAC SG @pmathuki signed a Grant Agreement of USD 2 Million with H.E Amb.Adeoye,AUC Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace &Security to support the process on restoration of Peace & Stability in Eastern DRC @_AfricanUnion pic.twitter.com/U18uhVo3Yb— East African Community (@jumuiya) June 28, 2023

The leaders also welcomed the announcement by the government of Gabon of $500,000 as part of contributions towards peace efforts in eastern DR Congo; and appealed “to AU Member States to voluntarily contribute financially to peace processes in Africa.”

The leaders applauded Angola and Senegal for their financial support of Euros 1 million, each, to the EAC-led Nairobi Process.

The leaders decided to institutionalize the Quadripartite Summit, as a platform for harmonization and consultations and welcomed the offer by the government of Burundi to host the second Quadripartite Summit in Bujumbura, Burundi. No date was immediately given.

The EAC regional force, or EAC-RF, comprising troops from Kenya, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan, was deployed to eastern DR Congo in November 2022, with a mandate of supporting peace efforts, especially securing withdrawal of the M23 rebel group.

It occupied various positions vacated by the M23 rebels in North Kivu province.

Eastern DR Congo has remained volatile for nearly three decades.