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Trade Facilitation Priorities for

East Africa

WTO-AFDB Trade Facilitation Symposium

November 2012


About TMEA

Vision:‘’a united East Africa with flourishing trade, strong investment, and less poverty’’

Mission:‘’promote rapid advances in East Africa’s integration, trade and global competitiveness for all East Africans”

(Reference) Doing business in Africa 2011


WHO WE ARE

  • Trade and Markets East Africa (TradeMark)

  • Offices in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan

  • Multi-donor funded: Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and UK

  • Budget - $500m 2010-2016


Trade Facilitation Rationale

(Reference) Doing business in Africa 2011


TMEA TRADE FACILITATION INITIATIVES

  • Improvements in trade Infrastructure at Ports and Border Posts.

  • ICT for Trade through ASSET, SWIFT, Transport Observatories and support to Revenue Authorities.

  • Reduction of Non Tariff Barriers.

  • Support to the East African Clearing and Forwarding Curriculum.


Infrastructure challenges


TMEA TRADE FACILITATION INITIATIVES Infrastructure

East African Ports: Handle more than ¾ of East Africa’s transit traffic.

TMEA supports KPA and TPA to improve port efficiency and cargo handling to reduce delays and improve business performance.

  • Port of Mombasa

  • Port of Dar es Salaam


TMEA TRADE FACILITATION INITIATIVES Infrastructure

Border Posts: A major link in transit trade.

TMEA works with EAC Partner States to establish One Stop Border Posts to reduce transit costs.

  • Tanzania: Holili, Mutukula, Kabanga and Tunduma

  • Uganda: Mutukula, Mirama Hills, Busia and Elegu

  • Kenya: Busia and Taveta

  • Rwanda: Kagitumba

  • Burundi: Kobero

  • South Sudan: Nimule


TMEA TRADE FACILITATION INITIATIVES ICT for Trade

Alternative System for Secure Transit (ASSET): Alternative to national and regional bond schemes.

Single Window Information for Trade (SWIFT): Online access to trade requirements for import/export trade.

Transport Observatory: Data collection, analysis and dissemination to track EAC corridor performance.

Technical Assistance to Revenue Authorities: New customs management systems and national electronic single windows.


TMEA TRADE FACILITATION INITIATIVES Business Environment Improvement

Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers: To reduce and eliminate obstacles to regional and international trade within the EAC.

Harmonisation of Standards: To promote a regional approach to regional trade as it applies to standards.

Rules of Origin: To strengthen EAC technical capacity to negotiate and apply RoO vis-a-vis the Tripartite FTA.

Regional Freight Forwarders Training: Support training to enhance clearing and forwarding sector.


Conclusion

  • Partnerships with the EAC

  • Collaboration with East African Governments

  • Support to private sector and civil society

  • Close coordination with donor organisations


Thank you

(Reference) Doing business in Africa 2011


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