As long as not enough momentum is built up over the East African economic integration ideal, the issue of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) is likely to stay with us for sometime to come.
It is easy for politicians to pay lip service to these great ideals. Technically that is their job. For people on the ground it can be a totally different story. Here we are talking about protection of jobs and livelihood.
Paradoxically, it is also frequently the same politicians who shout for the elimination of NTBs who then turn around and tell their people to ignore what they are saying in public.
Most trade barriers are put up in response to competition or specifically fear of competition. Read more. Source | East African Business Week