Home | News    Sunday 20 June 2004

EAC member countries to "domesticate" customs protocols

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

MOMBASA, Kenya, June 20, 2004 (PANA) — An official of the East African
legislative Assembly says the regional body was working
towards the "domestication" of the common protocol on
customs for the East African Community in a bid to
ensure that it becomes operational in January 2005.

The official, Harrison Mwakyembe, says the domestication
of the protocol signed in March 2004 would ensure that all
businessmen in the region operate within the same trade regime
and with minimum bottlenecks.

He explained that currently, traders within the region
were experiencing problems in the export and import of
their goods and services as the countries were still
operating within their old trade regimes which are yet
to be replaced by the new protocol.

Mwakyembe was speaking Sunday when members of the
Assembly, led by the speaker Abdulrahman Kinana, toured
a Mombasa based aluminium manufacturing plant and rolling mill.

He said that the assembly expected individual regional
legislative assemblies to come up with new trade rules
that were in conformity with the new Protocol before
January when it comes into effect.

He also observed that the protocol would remove the
grumbling by traders that they were trading in harsh
business environments as it would enable their goods
and services to move freely within the region.

The Director of the aluminium plant, Hirji Shah, asked
the authorities in the East African Community and
COMESA regional blocks to form a free trade area which
would enable goods to move freely within the region.

He noted that although Kenya was a member of the Common
Market for East and Southern Africa, Tanzania was not
and therefore goods from Kenya to Tanzania were
considered as coming from a different trade block and
thus charged highly.

Shah singled out instances where though the law
allowed for zero rating of tax on raw materials and
capital investments, his company was taxed for
exporting steel coils which he noted were not finished
products but raw materials for iron sheets meant for
roofing.

He also called upon the government to review tax on
fuel used by the company in the production of aluminium,
saying that a reduction of taxes would help the
company to compete effectively with other companies in
the region and the world as a whole.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Sudan’s December Revolution is not an Arab Spring 2019-02-16 08:14:10 By Mubarak Ardol Why the Sudanese have decided to put an end to the regime which has ruled them for three decades. Why is this happing now? It is known that Mr Bashir came to power in Sudan by (...)

Sudanese Revolution: A Different political landscape and a new generation 2019-02-10 06:35:31 Sudanese Revolution: A Different Political Landscape and a New Generation Baptized in the Struggle for Change By Yasir Arman, I would like to start by thanking Jason Mosley and the Northeast (...)

Democratic reforms in South Sudan after FMs joining Kiir 2019-02-09 07:29:17 Will SPLM/A-IO, SSOA and OPP bring much-needed democratic reform after their key ally FDS give in and abandon their reform agenda; or all opposition groups are going to die down after a (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Ethnic Murle politicians say enough to cattle raiding 2018-12-28 09:32:00 December 27, 2018 (JUBA) - Murle political leaders in Buma state have vowed to end the practice of cattle raiding and child abduction by individuals in the community. Jodi Jonglei, who is also (...)

CEPO: South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA): Stop politics of split and focus on R-ARCSS implementation 2018-12-26 09:53:29 26th December, 2018. South Sudan Opposition Alliance internal leadership change frication is disturbing and demoralizing public opinion. The big question CEPO is raising, will SSOA be a strong (...)

Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.