Ministry of Trade has urged clearing agents and traders to embrace the Uganda Electronic Single Window System in order to speed up trade and customs clearance activities for goods and services.
The electronic single window, launched in 2016 by the ministry, is an online trade facilitation government initiative that, among others, enables international cross- border trade.
Through the system, traders are able to electronically submit their documents and information for clearance and certification to various government and regulatory agencies from a single location. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
All ‘One-Stop-Border’ posts (OSBPs) along borders separating the East African countries will be fully operational by next January 2018, An official at the EAC Secretariat confirmed here.
The East African region has identified 15 border posts in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania for conversion from ‘two-stop’ border posts into single premises entity or OSBPs to facilitate movement of people and goods across the region.
An official with the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat confirmed here yesterday that two mapped OSBPs in Longido, Tanzania and Kajiado in Kenya are scheduled for official launch by President John Magufuli. Read more. Source | Daily News
Improving connective infrastructure and removing policy to trade can help drive economic desertification, creation of new jobs and poverty reduction, the East African member states have been advised.
Speaking during a two-day workshop on the integrated corridor development initiative-Lake Tanganyka transport programme, Burundi’s Minister for Transport, Public Works and Equipment, Mr Jean Bosco Ntunzwenimana said improvement of regional transport network will help to boost the regional economy.
“Improvement of transport network in sustainable manner is essential for competitive and improved integration into the region and global market,” he noted. The workshop took place over the weekend in Bujumbura, Burundi. Read more. Source | Daily News
Four years after its launch, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Tanzania are benefitting from quicker and cheaper payments through the East African Payment System (EAPS). Currently serving a population of more than 150 million people; and with Burundi soon to go live on the platform, what are the driving forces behind EAPS and what impact is it having on the region?
Lack of shared rules and regulations, cross-border trade tariffs and lack of infrastructure remain major barriers to economic growth in Africa. According to the World Bank, the African market remains highly fragmented, which limits the movement of goods, services and people across borders. The United National Economic Commission for Africa has also recently highlighted the need to boost intra-African trade to deliver development across the continent and speed up Africa’s economic transformation. Read more. Source | New Times
Policies that govern movement of persons and services on the continent must be tailored to the current needs of Africans, experts have urged.
The call was made yesterday in Kigali at the opening of a weeklong meeting on the adoption of an African Union procedure on Migration, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, seen as a critical forum to advance the continent’s goal on free movement of persons and their goods.
The gathering kicked off yesterday with a meeting of the AU’s Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Migration, Refugees and Internally Displaced persons, who have a duty to deliberate on and draft several critical documents that will be adopted by African Ministers in charge of migration matters during their meetings on Friday and Saturday. Read more. Source | New Times
The cost of transporting a 40 foot (ft) container between Mombasa and Kampala, Kenya’s biggest transit trade market, has gone down 34.2 per cent in the last four years on the back of better roads, reduced police checks and efficiency at weighing points, a new report shows. Road freight costs decreased to Sh230,858 ($2,237) in 2016 from Sh350,880 in 2011.
Automation at weigh stations greatly enhanced efficiencies, shows the 2016 Logistic Performance Survey launched in Nairobi last week by the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa (SCEA).
This comes at a time new rail transport under development in the region is expected to increase competition for road transporters. The standard gauge railway (SGR), which starts its freight services early next year will charge Sh51,650 ($500) to transport a 20ft container between Mombasa and Nairobi and Sh103,300 ($1,000) for a 40ft container. Read more. Source | Business Daily
Kigali is this week hosting a weeklong meeting on the adoption of an African Union procedure on Migration, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, seen as a step closer to achieving the continent’s goal on free movement of persons.
The forum, which opens today, will see participants deliberate on the setting up of key framework policies and legal instruments to allow for free movement of people across Africa.
The meeting will be attended by cabinet ministers and experts in the areas of migration, refugees and forced displacement matters. Read more. Source | New Times
James Ssewankambom stares blankly as cameras click away while a revenue officer fits a tracking device onto his truck.The truck driver is about to set off for his weekly journey, ferrying goods from the port of Mombasa on Kenya’s coast to Uganda’s capital Kampala — a journey of more than 900km.
It is the 14th time that Mr Ssewankambom’s truck is being fitted with the tracking seal, a requirement under the regional electronic cargo tracking system (Rects) programme. Read more. Source | East African
Tanzanian traders are expected to benefit as import and export will become easier thanks to the launch of an electronic Certificate of Origin payment system which is expected to enhance trade efficiency.
The system under the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) project through financial support of TradeMark East Africa was launched in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.
It is to expedite application and issuance of delivery of Certificates of Origin (CO) by reducing physical movements and time taken to process the document and thus cutting on days of processing the vital certificates. Read more. Source | Daily News
Inefficient border procedures are leading revenue losses of over 5 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product in some African countries, a roundtable conference on trade facilitation at the East African Community (EAC) headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, has heard.
Speaking at the one-day conference on Thursday, James Kisaale, an assistant commissioner at Uganda Revenue Authority, urged sub-Saharan Africa countries, including EAC members, to embrace formalities like automation, as well as simplify and harmonise documents, and ease access to information to help lower cost of trade. Read more. Source | New Times