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National Monitoring Committees on NTBs
On bilateral meeting between rwanda and uganda on trade issues, Kabale 19th -20th January,2012
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From 19th to 20th January 2012, the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Rwanda and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of Uganda led delegations from the Public and Private sector in a bilateral meeting held at White Horse Inn in Kabale (Uganda) to discuss trade issues affecting the two countries.

The meeting was a follow up on the recommendations made by the Ministers responsible for trade at their meeting held at the sidelines of the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) meeting that took place on 27th and 28th July 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The meeting was attended by 50 delegates of which 17 were from Rwanda coming from the private sector, government institutions and Trademark East Africa. In attendance at the meeting was H.E. Richard Kabonero, High Commissioner of Uganda to Rwanda and Mr. Daniel Mutezintare, First Counsellor of Rwanda High Commission to Uganda.

Mrs. Kaliza Karuretwa, the head of the Rwandan delegation, praised the joint cooperation towards a conducive atmosphere in promoting trade and investments between the two countries. The Director General further noted that the Kabale meeting will set the stage to the upcoming JPC by putting Trade at the center of the agenda of our bilateral cooperation with the aim of increasing trade flows between the two countries.

The meeting considered the following issues which the Ministers had identified for cooperation between the two countries (detailed program is attached as annex 2) ;
Elimination of the Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) existing in the two countries

  • Cross Border Trade Development
  • Promotion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and
  • Cooperatives Development The bilateral meeting comes to complement many laudable efforts and initiatives that have been undertaken by EAC Secretariat to facilitate and coordinate partner states meetings aimed at removing NTBs and promoting cross border trade in order to increase trade flows and ease the free movement of goods in the region. The bilateral meeting is thus being encouraged and supported by EAC secretariat for elimination of NTBs that impede to the smoothness of intra-regional trade since it is within the mandate of partner states to remove allbarriers to trade.

Rwanda and Uganda indicated each the measures being undertaken to eliminate the identified NTBs in their territories. Some of the key recommendations of the meeting include :
a) The beginning of 24/7 operations at Cyanika and Mirama Hills/ Kagitumba, in a phased manner.
b) Complying transit trucks to be weighed only at entry and exit points.
c) The border thresholds for clearance by Rwanda to be increased to at least 2 million Rwf
d) The construction of Ntungamo- Mirama Hills road to be fast tracked.
e) The certificate of origin to be availed at all Uganda border posts by 31st March,2012

The meeting developed and agreed on the draft memoranda of understanding between the two countries on NTBS, Cross Border Trade development, promotion of SMEs and Cooperatives development that will be signed by the two Ministers responsible for trade in the upcoming JPC meeting in Kampala on 25thJanuary 2012.The meeting further agreed to put in place joint technical committees to monitor progress in the implementation of the above MOUs and report challenges encountered.