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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • URA on Trade facilitation measures such as
  • One Stop Border Post
  • Electronic cargo Trucking System
  • Single Customs Territory
handling the challenges
Handling the Challenges
  • Challenges mainly on the IEF handled
  • Formation of Subcommittee to handle specific NTBs
  • Sensitization and awareness to effectively use IEF- Communication Consultant
conclusion
Conclusion
  • 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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