KAMPALA, UGANDA – Ugandan business people are pleased with the recently passed One Stop Border Posts Bill by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) .
A fortnight ago regional legislators passed the Bill that will become a Community law formalising the creation of one stop border posts to ease trade across national borders.
The Executive Director of the Uganda Manufacturing Association, Ssebagala Kigozi, said the Bill will bring some kind of relief and an end to corrupt tendencies by some customs officials.
“This gives us an advantage, because you clear your goods once and for all, instead of being checked at every border. It saves time, costs and eases free movement of goods and services. It removes a number of Non Tariff Barriers (NTBs),” Kigozi said.
In a separate interview Sudeep Mohanty, the Vice President of the Uganda National Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, applauded the Bill. He said it will go a long way in removing bottlenecks at the borders.
Mohanty however suggested for the effective dissemination of information to reach to the people working at the border posts.
“We insist that information that relates to all policies, amendments and laws made by the EAC partner states should get disseminated and reach all border posts to keep the staff well informed,” Mohanty said.
Traders say this new development brings some kind of relief as authorities start addressing some of the Non Tariff Barriers (NTBs) that have been slowing trade flows across regional borders.
Similarly, Uganda’ President Yoweri Museveni, while speaking at the 11 Extra ordinary meeting of EAC Heads of States asked investors in the region will increase cross border investment and create more jobs.
In the last few weeks, the EAC has seen key high level meetings trying to address issues that can improve regional trade and remove NTBs including advanced talks in realization of the Monetary Union.
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