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Highlights from daily news on East Africa regional integration compiled by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).
14 April 2014

East Africa Integration News Review

Kenya’s position as the regional gateway is expected to improve with the launch of an online cargo clearance system next month.The long-awaited single electronic window, which is to be officially rolled out on May 2 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, is expected to facilitate international and domestic trade at the port of Mombasa, and has been touted as the solution to the persistent delays at the port. It is expected to reduce the time it takes to process goods through customs at the port by half — from seven days to three days.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in collaboration with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has started implementing the quality infrastructure and standards programme.The five-year program that started in 2010 is designed to promote the use of quality infrastructure and standards to improve the competitiveness of Uganda’s products, processes and service delivery systems in domestic, regional and international markets.

After months of controversy around Kenya’s Ksh327 billion ($3.8 billion) standard gauge railway (SGR) between Mombasa and Nairobi, the project is finally underway. In Uganda, the wrangles are just starting. A visit to the Changamwe yard, where Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the project late last year, shows that the implementation is gathering speed. Workers were on site clearing a section of the yard where the construction will begin, and also some machinery from Spedag Interfreight, the firm contracted to handle logistics, was at the site.

Finally, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya are mulling a uniform regulatory framework for citizens wishing to start business in individual member states.This was one of the resolutions agreed upon at the closure of a ministerial meeting convened in Kigali to discuss the implementation of Northern Corridor projects under the tripartite framework.

For more news and stories on East African trade and economic integration from the previous week, click on the links to the news articles below:


Briefs

Kenya online cargo clearance portal goes live in May
The East African
Kenya’s position as the regional gateway is expected to improve with the launch of an online cargo clearance system next month.The long-awaited single electronic window, which is to be officially rolled out on May 2 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, is expected to facilitate international...

Railway project hits fresh barrier in Uganda as Kenya lays foundation
The East African
After months of controversy around Kenya’s Ksh327 billion ($3.8 billion) standard gauge railway (SGR) between Mombasa and Nairobi, the project is finally underway. In Uganda, the wrangles are just starting. A visit to the Changamwe yard, where Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta...

Free trade merger to boost Africa markets
The People
Kenya is set to secure additional markets in Africa once negotiations on a Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) are concluded. The TFTA, which is composed of 26 countries from the East African Community, Common Market for East and Southern Africa and South African Development ...

UNBS, trade ministry promote quality goods
New Vision
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in collaboration with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has started implementing the quality infrastructure and standards program.The five-year programme that started in 2010 is designed to promote the use of ...

Implement plans to revamp trade in EAC, say investors
Daily Nation
The private sector is running out of patience due to delays in implementation of key recommendations meant to revamp business in the region.Speaking during the annual general meeting of the East African Business Council (EABC), the current chairman, Mr Vimal Shah...

Is EU losing prime trading partners in Africa?
The People
Kenya and the African continental now seem to have adopted a more self-confident posture at the recent high-level European Union-Africa summit that was held in Brussels, Belgium, last week The controversy riddled meeting —called to discuss a number of economic partnership agreements...

EAC mulls streamlining business start-up laws
The New Times
Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya are mulling a uniform regulatory framework for citizens wishing to start business in individual member states.This was one of the resolutions agreed upon yesterday at the closure of a ministerial meeting convened in Kigali to discuss the implementation of...


 

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