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The National response Strategy on Elimination of Non Tariff Barriers (NRSE-NTBs). Presented by: Emmanuel Atwine Project Manager NRSE-NTBs Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives 29 th April 2014 Protea Hotel. Introduction. Uganda’s major export markets are COMESA at 51.6% and

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The national response strategy on elimination of non tariff barriers nrse ntbs

The National response Strategy on Elimination of Non Tariff Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

Presented by:

Emmanuel Atwine

Project Manager

NRSE-NTBs

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

29th April 2014

Protea Hotel


Introduction
Introduction Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • Uganda’s major export markets are COMESA at 51.6% and

  • EAC at 24.6% respectively.

  • Tariffs have been removed from the East African Community (EAC) in 2005 at the launch of the Customs Union,

  • Intra-EAC trade remains low at $4.5bn accounting for only 12-13 per cent of trade in East Africa.


Background to nrse ntbs project
Background to NRSE-NTBs Project Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • 2008 EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (SCTIFI)

  • Directive to develop a Time Bound Programme for Elimination of NTBs in line with CUP

  • NMCs formed in Each Partner State comprising all institutions involved in trade facilitation activities

  • Quarterly meetings of NMC reporting to regional meetings

  • NTBs persisted and mutated in many ways till 2012


Continued
Continued Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • In 2011, the Ministry through TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) hired a consultant to developed NRSE for elimination of NTBs

  • Conducted a study, validated study and developed the strategy

  • In March 2012, the Ministry and TMEA signed an MOU for implementation over 3 year period


Key intervention areas of the project
Key intervention areas of the Project Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • 4 key Strategic Areas

  • Establishment of an Information Exchange Facility (IEF)

  • Re-alignment of National Laws and Regulations

  • Development & Implementation of an NTB Elimination Communication and Advocacy strategy

  • Institutional coordination on Elimination of NTBs


Progress
Progress Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • IEF 85% done

  • Re-alignment of National Laws- handling in conjunction with ULRC. A number of meeting held. Those that hinder effective implementation of the CUP

  • Communication and Advocacy Strategy - Competed being implemented

  • Institutional Coordination on Elimination of NTBs- Effective: All government institutions involved in trade facilitation with private sector Presentation, MOUs prepared with IEF hosting institutions


Achievements since implementation
Achievements since implementation Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • RD Blocks along Northern Corridor

  • Cash Bonds

  • Weighbridges on GVM and Harmonized weighing along Northern corridor

  • Requirement for physical inspection and others for hides and skins in Kenya

  • 16% VAT on services (Port Charges)

  • District parking levies

  • Removal of number Plates on transit tucks


Continued1
Continued Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • Bilateral with Rwanda

  • Mirama Hills/Kagitumba and katuna/Gatuna

  • Trade information desks for information desimination

  • EAC Legally Binding Enforcement Mechanism


Synergies with other institutions
Synergies with other Institutions Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • URA on Trade facilitation measures such as

  • One Stop Border Post

  • Electronic cargo Trucking System

  • Single Customs Territory


Handling the challenges
Handling the Challenges Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • Challenges mainly on the IEF handled

  • Formation of Subcommittee to handle specific NTBs

  • Sensitization and awareness to effectively use IEF- Communication Consultant


Conclusion
Conclusion Barriers (NRSE-NTBs)

  • Responsibility of all stakeholders (Government institutions)

  • Ministry Coordination institution

  • Call for effective use of the IEF by the business community

    Thank you for listening


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