Tanzania's Director for African Affairs, Naimi Sweetie Aziz admits that there are several outstanding issues between the two countries that must be resolved for the sake of the people.
On the issue of non-trade barriers, Minister Mulimba says there is need for proper coordination between ministries, departments and agencies of the governments.
The meeting resolved that negative Covid-19 test results from national accredited laboratories in the respective EAC Partner States be recognized by all national authorities.
The ministers also agreed that the countries EAC should implement the EACPASS for prompt verification of Covid-19 test results and vaccination certificates.
One such commitment is the mutual recognition of the COVID-19 test results by the countries provided the test is done from within a member country by an accredited laboratory. However, some of the partner states, including Uganda, are reverting to their national policies in the wake of a sharp rise in new infections.
Covilyce-1 herbal medicine was created by scientists at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Studies (Pharm-Biotech), backed by over 200 herbalists from the Acholi sub-region to treat COVID-19. the drug, they say, can cure COVID-19 patients within 72 hours of administering.
The Ugandan legislators boycotted the sittings and their counterparts from Burundi and S. Sudan followed, prompting the Speaker to suspend the house for three days for lack of quorum. South Sudan is now the biggest winner after the protest saw 11 out of the 60 vacant positions ring-fenced for the EAC's youngest nation.
Poultry magnate Aga Sekalala says they hear there is a new Trade minister who replaced Amelia Kyambadde but they don't know what he does, nor what he thinks about the current Kenya - Uganda trade issues.
According to officials from the Uganda Railways Corporation Worker’s Union, among them engineers, the locomotives were designed to run on 90-ton rails yet the current railway line is designed for only 80 tons.
The Secretariat early this year advertised over 50 jobs attracting more than 15,000 applications. However there have been concerns especially from the Ugandan side over unequal distribution of the jobs among the six member states of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi.
The countries were charging $50 for a single entry visa for ordinary citizens. All the East African Communities countries do not require visas for, nor charge citizens of member countries for visa fees.
"Since we have very generous rules of origin, I am very sure that the business community will take the cue and start trading with the external markets under the common label and standard mark of the East African Community," said Minister Maina
In the latest development on Monday, South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wrote to the embassies of Uganda and of South Sudan pledging their commitment to providing security along the Juba-Nimule Road.
“When you talk about EAC at this border, (Nemba Border point in Burundi) you will only be told EAC is in Arusha by Mr. Ngobonziza the border manager. We have faced many challenges but this has to be our biggest one yet,” said John Bosco Balongo, the expedition director
Government records show that 14 Ugandans were killed in South Sudan between May and August 2021. They include; Ali Mark Sony, Amati Stephen, Dada Abugo, Sadam Andama, Katongole Hussein, Abdu Makanga, Kuraish Mutebi, Sembusi Kato and Amono Anna Clara, among others.
Uganda imported from Tanzania goods worth 743.68 Million dollars in 2020, and this figure grew to more than 1.2 billion dollars between July 2020 and June 2021.
Uganda imported gold from Tanzania worth 591 million dollars, which is more than half of all imports from the country and five times more than all that Uganda exports there.
Uganda had a $1.1 billion trade deficit with Tanzania at the end of 2020/21 financial year according to Bank of Uganda trade statistics. And it's the first time Uganda’s trade deficit and import bill with a neighboring country exceeded a billion dollar.
Trade between the two is highly imbalanced, with India exports to EA amounting to more than 6 billion dollars, against imports with less than 2 billion, mainly tea, petroleum minerals and spices.
The EAC Director General for Customs and Trade, Kenneth Bagamuhunda said that the MRA, once finalised and implemented, would have a big impact on the flow and growth of trade between East Africa and India.