Uganda plans to extend its Electronic Cargo Tracking System(ECTS) into Kenyan as part of strategy to curb theft and diversion of goods destined for its market through the port of Mombasa. Read more. Source|Business Daily
The Northern Corridor Integration Projects(NCIP) Summit previously scheduled for mid this month,in Kigali,has been postponed to early March. Read more. Source|tralac
Regional Food Balance Sheet Brief . The East Africa Trade Hub worked with the East African Community (EAC), the Eastern Africa Grain Council, national governments, donors, NGOs and the private sector to develop, test and validate a viable and effective Regional Food Balance Sheet . The EAC has identified the RFBS as a critical tool for enhancing intra-regional trade as it provides policy makers with the data they need to make informed decisions on policies that affect regional food security.
Strengthening the Region’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Systems: Accelerating Regional Trade Brief . The International Plant Protection Convention mandates that trading partners share information regarding pest status, or Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards .
The East Africa Trade Hub worked with the Center of Phytosanitary Excellence and the East African Phytosanitary Information Committee to charter a process for developing regional pest lists. This initiative was aimed at streamlining and shortening the SPS inspection process at East Africa Community borders and expedite the movement of staples around the region.
Harmonized Staple Foods Quality Standards Brief . The East Africa Trade Hub worked with the East African Technical Standards Committee, the Eastern Africa Grain Council, the private sector and National Bureaus of Standards in each of the five EAC countries developing a replicable process for creating regional standards and being able to adopt harmonized standards for 22 staple foods products.