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EAC in drive to eliminate barriers to trade in services

Published on July 13, 2015

Member states of the East African Community (EAC) appear to be racing against time to meet a self-prescribed deadline of December 2015 by which they pledged to have fully implemented the Common Market Protocol, which came into force on July 1, 2010.

The protocol, which was ratified by all five partner states of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, provides for four freedoms within the region; free movement of goods; labour; services; and capital.

While the partners have done well with the other freedoms, there are sticky issues regarding certain provisions of the protocol that have made it hard to implement commitments to free movement of services and their providers; these require amendments. Read more. Source | New Times