EABC outlines new business priorities for regional trade growth

The World Bank Group approved $120 million in financing for the Burundi Transport Resilient Projectwhich aims to provide efficient, safe, and climate resilient road connectivity along the main corridor linking Burundi with Tanzania. PHOTO| FILE.

The Board of the East African Business Council (EABC) held its 84th Meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and outlined priorities set to boost intra-EAC trade and investments.

In her speech to the 84th EABC Board Meeting, the Chairperson Ms. Angelina Ngalula lauded the EABC Secretariat for championing the adoption of 35% as the 4th band of EAC Common External Tariff by EAC Partner States which will promote industrialization.

“The Board is steadfast in steering high-level policy advocacy through dialogue with the EAC Heads of State to unlock Non-Tariff Barriers, restrictions to free movement of services, double taxation, open skies, telecommunications and infrastructure development in order to boost intra-EAC trade and economic resilience amid the global crisis,” said EABC Chairperson Ms. Angelina Ngalula.

Half of the countries in the Eastern Africa sub-region are net food importers thus extremely vulnerable to higher global food and energy prices rising inflation and food insecurity in the EAC bloc. According to FAO, Global Food Price index of cereals, meat, and dairy rose by 26%.

The Board urged the EAC Council of Ministers to fast track finalization of the Regional Local Content Policy and Ratification of Article 24(2) of the Protocol on the Establishment of the Customs Union to operationalize the Trade Remedies Committee to handle disputes on trade-related matters as outline in the resolutions of the High Level Summit on Common Market Protocol held in July 2022.

The Board called for full inclusion of private sector proposals in to the negotiations of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement and the African Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) via the African Tripartite Business Council composed of COMESA-SADC and EABC.


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