It is now official…. Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) shall soon be a thing of the past following the enactment of the EAC Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers Bill, 2015 by EALA. The Bill sailed through the third reading after intense debate by legislators late on Tuesday.
Hon Peter Mathuki called for an end to the encumbrances saying NTBs were responsible for slowing progress of integration. In his maiden speech shortly after swearing in, Hon Martin Ngoga said it was necessary for safeguards to be inculcated in the bill. He cited the clause (clause 14) on exchange of information related to NTBs by the national focal points as one that needs regulation in terms of specific reporting time frame. Read more. Source | East African Legislative Assembly