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Punish states flouting trade rules, assembly member urges

Published on April 16, 2015

Countries that fail to comply with regional trade rules should be punished, a regional assembly member has said.

Mr Bernard Mulengani said East African Community council of ministers should introduce a uniform policy across the bloc to slap sanctions on member states that breach trade regulations.

Mr Mulengani, a member of the East African Legislative Assembly, was speaking during a debate on the region’s single customs territory report.

“What we need as a region is quality products, lower costs of doing business and competitiveness to spur benefits to the citizens of the region,” Mr Mulengani said.

Although there are rules and regulations toward the realisation of these objectives, he said, lack of awareness is impeding their implementation.

He said citizens in the bloc should be made aware of the importance of integration. Read more. Source | Daily Nation