The East African Community (EAC) leaders have directed partner states’ ministers in charge of EAC affairs to resolve long-standing unresolved non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and report to the next summit, The New Times reports.
The directive was made at the EAC Heads of State Summit on Saturday in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
A statement from a joint communique issued after the summit noted the decline in intra-EAC trade and and called on the Council to resolve the long- outstanding non-tariff barriers and report to the 19th summit.
19 non-tariff barriers remain unresolved, this according to the central decision-making and governing organ of the regional bloc.
The ministers specifically raised concern over four longstanding NTBs whose solution, they said, requires policy guidance.
They include the restriction by Uganda on beef and beef products from Kenya, since 1996.
Others are requirement by Tanzania that cigarettes manufactured in Kenya and exported to Tanzania should have a 75 percent local content, and requirement by the Tanzania Foods and Drugs Authority (TFDA) that companies exporting to Tanzania should register, re-label and retest goods certified by other partner states, the report said.
This trade barrier has existed since 2003
The Council recommended that the former directs of EAC Secretariat convene a dedicated session of ministers of trade and ministers responsible for EAC affairs and planning to resolve all the unresolved NTBs by August 30