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Small-scale traders’ plea on passports

Published on May 31, 2017

The requirement that one needs to have a passport in order to move outside the country is barring Tanzanian small-scale traders from accessing a wider market under the East African Community (EAC), The Citizen has learnt.

As a result, they are largely confined to Tanzania’s boundaries even as they are legally allowed to sell their products – under domestic terms – to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan under the EAC Common Market arrangement.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the chairman for an association that brings together operators of small businesses and petty traders – popularly known as Vibindo Society – Mr Gaston Kikuwi said as small-scale traders and business owners, they usually find it difficult to go through the bureaucracy of getting required passports. Read more. Source | The Citizen