Sunday, 16 August 2015

Uganda: Various instruments to eliminate trade barriers

Public Diplomacy and Regional Infrastructure Initiative News. Uhuru with President Yoweri Museveni has hosted a State Banquet in Uhuru’s honour at State House, Uganda. Progressive integration holds the key to the common prosperity of citizens of the East African Community (EAC) member states.

Joint efforts by EAC leaders have successfully put in place various instruments to eliminate trade barriers, increase economic prosperity and realize the dream of an East African Political Federation.

Collective efforts, including contacts at the highest levels, have accelerated consolidation of friendly relations and growth in trade and commercial interaction.

Uhuru challenged bureaucrats to formulate policies that facilitate integration rather than hinder East Africans from doing business and communicating with each other. Kenya and Uganda were chatting our bilateral way forward when bureaucrats started telling us about legal aspects as concerns movement of certain goods and services. I reminded them that if you go across to Busia or Namanga on the border with Tanzania, these people don’t recognize what you are doing in Nairobi and Kampala, they are moving and doing business freely. Kenya should be moving towards governments that facilitate their people to do what is naturally theirs. Kenya and Uganda need to learn from past challenges and fast track integration for the benefit of all EAC member states.

Photo: Kenyan Delegation in holding bilateral talks with President Yoweri Museveni and his Delegation at State House, Uganda. Kenya is a hot bed of the best President and First lady.


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