Corruption, Boarder Tarrifs and Political Tension discussed as East African Legislative Assembly Debates State of Region Address

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ARUSHA The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) debated the state of East African Community address delivered by Tanzania Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa on behalf of Chairperson of the EAC Summit of Heads of State at the March Session.

Members applauded the speech for addressing the key pressing issues that are the principle pillars for the progress on the first tracking of the East African Community.

The Speech among others cited the implementation of the Customs Union as key but added that a number of agencies should be able to issue the certificate of origin so that accessibility is realized.

Kenyan Legislator Abubakar Zein reiterated that it was necessary for the region to contain corruption and remove bad governance in order to realize progress of the EAC.

Hon. Judith Pareno, also a Kenyan Legislator said regional states continued to face a number of challenges at the borders citing frequent stops by the authorities. She called for immediate attention to the issue which has proved to be an impediment for trade.

While delivering the speech, Majaliwa said that intra-EAC Trade was expected to register phenomenal increase in the next few years.

“Trade is now at 23%, over and above intra-African Trade figure of 12%. “There has been a 300% increase in the value of trade from 2 Billion USD in 2005 to 6 Billion USD in 2014,” he observed.

On Infrastructure, it was stated that Partner States were actively engaged in the Standard Gauge Railway with Republic of Kenya having completed coverage of about 200 km out of 472 km of formation as of September last year

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