EAC Public-Private Sector Workshop on WTO Transparency Requirements and Procedures on TBT and SPS - Presentations
The Hub's Trade Policy team held a workshop on World Trade Organization (WTO) transparency requirements and procedures on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures on March 21 - 22. The workshop involved public and private sector actors from across the East African Community (EAC). Participants were educated on the WTO principles on good regulatory practice and best practices on how to implement electronic notification and enquiry points.
Below are links to the presentations made on the first and second days of the workshop as well as the draft country action plans:
EAC Public-Private Sector Workshop on WTO Transparency Requirements and Procedures on TBT and SPS - Day 1 Presentations
Day 1 presentations at the Hub's EAC Public-Private Sector Workshop on WTO Transparency Requirements and Procedures on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures:
From March 21-22, the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, in partnership with the Standards Alliance and in collaboration with the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, will convene a public-private sector workshop on World Trade Organization (WTO) transparency requirements and procedures on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary measures (SPS).Read more
On January 29, the Hub will host a public-private dialogue (PPD) on the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol. This is a continuation of the Hub's efforts to engage the public and private sector, in each of the EAC Member States, to jointly tackle issues related to the implementation of the Protocol. So far the Hub has carried our PPDs in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Gender Strategy. The East African Community (EAC) was created to promote cooperation between member states in order to drive regional economic competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.Women are present in the region’s trade and export space but there is still a gendered structure to the economy. Men dominate most high-growth sectors and women are missing from the higher end of value chains. Where women are present in high numbers it is often as laborers or unskilled workers and not in management or ownership positions. Where women-led firms are present, they often have difficulty growing beyond the SME level, hindering their ability to succeed in export markets and act as catalysts for drawing investment to the region. Lower access to resources in comparison to their male peers impacts women at all levels and sectors. Constraints around access to information, finances, and inputs are compounded with lower capacity and higher time demands associated with social expectations that women carry the majority of home care responsibilities.
The Protocol on the Establishment of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market provides for "Four Freedoms", namely: the free movement of goods, labour, services, and capital, which will significantly boost trade and investments and make the region more productive and prosperous.
The EAC, however, still has a long way to go to achieve this goal. The Hub is partnering closely with the private sector, across the region to ensure full, appropriate and timely implementation of the protocol. Listen to the Hub's Trade Policy expert discuss the Protocol, free movement of capital and the Hub's interventions with the private sector:Read more
The East African Court of Justice has cleared the way for South Sudan to join the East African community by dismissing a case against its accession bid. Read more. Source | The East African
Efforts to remove trade barriers between the East African Community and the US have started in earnest. This follows the signing of a cooperation agreement on trade facilitation between the two last week. According to the Cabinet secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Ms Phyllis Kandie, the move is set to enhance capacity for trade between the US and EAC.
“This will also make the region an attractive destination for investment and at the same time open up the US market for EAC exports,” noted Ms Kandie. Read more. Source | Daily Nation
Trade Indicators Handbook. Trade performance improves when a country’s exports or imports of goods and/or services increase. USAID strategy papers define trade and investment as the principal mechanisms through which global market forces generate growth in developing countries.
Strengthening the Region’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Systems: Accelerating Regional Trade Brief
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.