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Why intra-EAC trade is dwindling

Published on March 27, 2019

Trade among East African Community states has declined by 31.4 per cent, thanks to non-tariff barriers and increasing imports from Asia. A new report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) shows that intra-EAC trade fell to $2.4 billion in 2017, from $3.5 billion in 2013, with Kenya and Tanzania being blamed for the decline.The situation may not change soon, as partner states grapple with trade and political tensions between Rwanda and Uganda over the lock down of the Gatuna border post; and Rwanda and Burundi continue to differ over security matters. Read more. Source| The East African

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