KAMPALA, UGANDA – East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera has launched the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa.
He requested the new body to take part in the integration process as a partner in making shipping more efficient and user friendly to the private sector in the region.
Addressing members of the Eastern Africa Shippers Community formerly known as Kenya Shippers Council, Amb Sezibera said: “This will be the regional umbrella body seeking to cover the challenges faced by the transport and logistics sector in East Africa,”
He was speaking at Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi, last week. He said it was critical for the EAC region to invest heavily in rehabilitating and expanding railway systems. “Rail transport for goods is cheaper, cost-effective, competitive and efficient than road transport….shifting a significant amount of cargo to railways will guarantee longer life spans for our newly constructed and rehabilitated roads and also improve the environment by reducing carbon emission.
Currently, less than 5% of cargo in East Africa is moved by rail. No economy has grown without rail transport,” he said.
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