By Ahura Mujuni Mark
President Museveni has applauded the improved movement of goods via the Mombasa port, making a flashback at the hardships traders have been facing in the past years seeking clearance at the East African port.
Addressing the 4th Meeting of the East African Legislative Assembly in Kampala Tuesday, Museveni noted that clearance of containers now takes a few days which is improving trade in the region.
“We have made some achievements especially after the removal of non tariff barriers on the northern corridor from Mombasa port. It would take 18 days to clear a container from Mombasa to Kampala but now it can be done in a maximum of four days. I will speak to H.E Jakaya Kikwete to work on the central corridor to reduce delays on cargo from Dar es Salaam port,” he told Parliamentarians.
The President confirmed that the government of Uganda will fast track the issuance of computerised national identity cards that will ease the movement of East African nationals across the region.
He noted that the decision to have a single East African tourist visa that will commence next month will open the region to more revenue from the tourism industry.
EALA Speaker Rt. Hon. Margaret Nantongo Zziwa called for the reinforcement of the single customs territory which would reduce cargo clearing costs by half and also reduce the cost of doing business in the region.