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Women Secure Special Customs Centre at Mutukula Border Post

State Minister for East African Community Affairs Julius Maganda Wandera says that they have formed a corroborative partnership towards eliminating all barriers that are frustrating women from effectively engaging in cross-border trade and business.
17 May 2019 19:12
State Minister for East African Community Julius Maganda Wandera (in suit) alongside other officers touring the Mutukula Customs Center where he opened up a Women Information Center

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Women engaging in cross-border trade at the Mutukula One Stop-Border-Post will now receive special treatment and privileges by clearing agents, thanks to a partnership between the Uganda government and Trade Mark East Africa.  

State Minister for East African Community Affairs Julius Maganda Wandera says that they have formed a corroborative partnership towards eliminating all barriers that are frustrating women from effectively engaging in cross-border trade and business.   

The plan began with a women’s one-stop information centre at the Mutukula border post in Kyotera district, where women traders will receive regular updates on common market provisions as well as directly reporting their business plights.    

Maganda explains that the centre will also act as goods and customs clearance and networking point to save the women from the fussy clearing procedures and eventually increase women participation in trade and business.    

//Cue in; “we are on the issue….    

Cue out …..porous borders.”//     

Luganda //Cue in; “tugezaako okubajjamu…..  

Cue out……abakazi amanyi.”//    

Maganda adds they are also looking helping women to fully understand the East African integration agenda and build their capacities to tap into the opportunities that come with it.   

//Cue in; “we are also talking about... 

Cue out; …. doing it as Uganda.”//    

Luganda //Cue in… “olw’okusomesa abakyala….  

Cue out; …….egenda obayamba.”//    

Jenifer Nassiwa, the Chairperson of Mutukula Women Traders Association is optimistic that the centre will unlock more business opportunities to benefit women groups and improve their incomes. She, however, asked the government to address the unpredictable tax increments and support women groups with low-interest loans to finance their enterprises.  

//Cue in; “emisolo gikyukakyua…..

Cue out…….family zaffe nezifunamu.”//  

There are at least 800 women traders actively involved in business and trade at the Mutukula one-stop border point.