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Kagame, Kikwete warm up for central corridor

Published on April 07, 2015

The issue of trade barriers in the East African Community (EAC) could soon be history based on the effort that the region's leaders are investing on it. The focus is now on removing Non-Tariff Barriers on the so-called Central Corridor to ease the free movement of goods and services in the community. And there is a bonus.

The initiative on the Central Corridor has brought Tanzania and Rwanda closer. It is a departure from when Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya came together to fast track the integration projects and speculation swarmed that they were moving to sideline other member countries especially Tanzania and Burundi.

Presidents Paul Kagame, the Tanzanian President Kikwete, and Burundian leader Pierre Nkurunziza and other top government officials from the region on March 26 attended the first ever Central Corridor heads of state meeting in Dar es Salaam.

The Central Corridor gateway is a highway that connects the landlocked countries of Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo, and Uganda from the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania through Dodoma to Kigali in Rwanda, Bujumbura in Burundi. It also connects to Mutukula in Uganda. It is the second major route in the region and is considered as a heart for Rwandan imports and exports as 60 percent of Rwandan goods go through the port of Dar es Salaam. Read more. Source | The Independent