New Trade Barriers Emerge In EAC

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In short
John Bosco Rusagara, a board member of the East African Business Council (EABC), today told a delegation from the private sector, that full implementation of the common market is currently hampered new emerging non-tariff barriers.

The full implementation of the East African Common Market Protocol is hampered emerging non-tariff barriers among partner states.

In July 2014, Kenya and Uganda resolved a two-year long impasse restricting the export and import of sugar in the two countries. It took a 12 hour closed door session at the Kampala Serena Hotel to resolve with the two countries agreeing to restrict sugar imports from outside the EAC. They also agreed to lift the ban on the importation and exportation of sugar produced in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. That trade barrier was lifted.

However, today it emerged that as some of these barriers are lifted others emerge.
 
John Bosco Rusagara, a board member of the East African Business Council (EABC), today told a delegation from the private sector, that full implementation of the common market is currently hampered new emerging non-tariff barriers (NTBs).
 
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Rusagara was speaking at the 3rd EAC Secretary General Forum at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe that opened today. He noted that even with the visible progress being made in harmonizing the payment system and resolving the sugar impasse, there were still limitations on exports of processed agricultural products like milk products, meat products and chicken products.
 
Richard Sezibera, the EAC Secretary General, took note of this, pointing out that they had resolved about 55 non-tariff barriers then there was another 22 yet to be resolved. 
 
He also said that the movement of labour and issuance of work permits had eased with the scrapping of charges in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Tanzania and Burundi are yet to drop these charges.
 
In November 2013, the East African Monetary Policy Protocol was signed here in Uganda by the five presidents of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi This was in-order to pave the way for the East African Shilling in about 10 years.
 
Sezibera said the implementation of this union has removed the barrier of having to change money to dollars and local currency to transact business.
 
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This is still not applicable for all shops in the region as many still prefer to use their own currency.