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Kenya urges regional bloc to harmonize taxes to spur trade

Published on March 12, 2015

Principal Secretary for Kenya’s State Department of East African Affairs, John Konchellah, said Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) have hampered trade, increased costs of doing business and stifled free movement of goods.

“The EAC is focused on eliminating barriers to trade, increasing free movement of persons, labor, goods and capital,” Konchellah said.

He said the regional bloc has taken several measures including strengthening of national and regional committees as well as monitoring tools.“The challenges that come with elimination of NTBs are in their mutative nature. They can be imposed and withdrawn at will,” Konchellah said. 

“Their (NTBs) imposition can attract retaliatory measures from affected partner states, which add costs and transit time for goods traded across boarders,” the official said.

The EAC is targeting the creation of a political federation, and a border less single state made up of the five countries, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, exercising a single foreign policy.Read more. Source | CoastWeek