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

East Africa Integration News Review

East African Community (EAC) states are steadily laying the foundations for increased prosperity by dismantling bureaucratic and procedural barriers to economic integration, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) said, as they launched their second annual report covering the period 2012/2013. The donor-funded organisation, set up to help EAC states, institutions and the private sector to unlock the wealth potential that integration holds, said in its second annual report that much had been achieved towards unravelling bureaucratic and procedural snags to quicker, smoother and cheaper trade between the countries of East Africa

Cargo movement from the port of Mombasa into the interior of East Africa could take as little as up to two days from May if all parties in the region agree to a deal to co-ordinate approvals.TradeMark East Africa, which is facilitating EAC integration, said that all players at the gateway port have voluntarily accepted to sign the Mombasa Port Community Charter which has been in the works over the past 12 months.

The East African Community and the South African Customs Union (SACU) have agreed to share ideas and learn best practices in various areas of regional trade and competition.Senior officials from SACU together with their counterpart EAC gathered in Arusha for a two-day meeting aimed at benchmarking, outline best practices and share ideas in area like competition policy, trade in services, agriculture policy, revenue mobilization and industrial policy.

Finally, Kenya Revenue Authority will have a new online customs clearance system in 18 months as part of reforms aimed at improving efficiency in cargo-handling at the port of Mombasa.It will replace the Simba system that has in recent years suffered frequent breakdowns, affecting operations at the port that serves several landlocked countries in the region.

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:


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Traders in the East African region will soon find it easier to move goods and services
Standard Digital
Traders in the East African region will soon find it easier to move goods and services, following reduction of bureaucratic systems to trade. According to the latest report from logistics firm Trade Mark East Africa; East African Community (EAC) member States have made positive steps in...

KRA plans new online port system
Business Daily
Kenya Revenue Authority will have a new online customs clearance system in 18 months as part of reforms aimed at improving efficiency in cargo-handling at the port of Mombasa.It will replace the Simba system that has in recent years suffered frequent breakdowns, affecting operations...

Kenya stalls launch of one-stop border post
The East African
Kenya has been accused of dragging its feet on the implementation of the Holili/Taveta one-stop border post, which is expected to ease the movement of goods and services in the region.Though Kenya and Tanzania should have signed a bilateral agreement for co-operation to serve as a...

Charter to help boost port efficiency ready
The Star
Cargo movement from the port of Mombasa into the interior of East Africa could take as little as up to two days from May if all parties in the region agree to a deal to co-ordinate approvals. TradeMark East Africa, which is facilitating EAC integration, said that all players at the gateway...

$100M investment in trade facilitation unlocks East Africa's trading potential
Trademark East Africa
East African Community (EAC) states are steadily laying the foundations for increased prosperity by dismantling bureaucratic and procedural barriers to economic integration, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) said, as they launched their second annual report covering the period 2012/2013...

Uganda on course to open wide an electronic single window for trade
HIpipo
Government of Uganda is taking the steps necessary to launching a one stop electronic trade clearance system, a computerised scheme that saves time, shoe leather and money. Through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC), a High Level Task Force (HLTF) has been...

EAC, SACU share ideas, benchmark best practices
IPP Media
The East African Community and the South African Customs Union (SACU) have agreed to share ideas and learn best practices in various areas of regional trade and competition.Senior officials from SACU together with their counterpart EAC gathered in Arusha at two- day meeting aimed...


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