Council Calls for Easier Movement of Goods Within East African Region

Kabanga-Kabero one-stop border post

By The Weekly Vision Online

The East African Business Council (EABC) has called for the speeding up of operations on the Tanzania and Burundi border to ease the movement of cargo and people between the two countries.

The EABC said in a statement that each day about 100 trucks from Tanzania enter Burundi and 50 trucks from Burundi enter Tanzania through the Kabanga-Kabero one-stop border post.  The statement said boosting trade facilitation and product diversification is key to the transformation, resilience and growth of the East African Community (EAC) bloc into a middle-status economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Amelie Ninganza, EABC’s Board director, urged for trade facilitation agencies to permit cross-border traders located near the Kabanga-Kabero border to trade without the COVID-19 mandatory testing.

Charles Omusana, Principal Economist from the EAC Eecretariat, said business should be facilitated as EAC integration is people-centered and private sector-led.  Top Burundi exports are beverages, spirits and fruits. Other member states of the EAC are Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda

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