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National Monitoring Committees on NTBs
The East African Community Partner States and...
 
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The East African Community Partner States and the East African Community Secretariat were presented with a draft report and bill on legally binding mechanism on the elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers in the region that was developed by the consultant from AESA Consulting Europe. The 8th EAC regional forum on Non-Tariff Barriers was held from 17th to 19th September, 2012 at Lake Victoria Hotel Entebbe Uganda in accordance with the EAC calendar of activities.

The meeting was attended by members of the National Monitoring Committees from respective Partner States and officials from the East African Community Business Council and TMEA. The meeting was chaired by Mr. HezronMomanyi, Assistant Director Ministry of East African Community Kenya. Mr. Jose Maciel from Trade Mark East Africa in his remarks pointed out that the EAC region has made some progress in its efforts to eliminate the Non-Tariff Barriers by forming National Monitoring Committees which meet regionally to update the Time Bound Program in a timely manner. He further said that “NTBs have persisted thus constraining the development of market opportunities by EAC businesses and increasing the cost of doing business as clearly evidenced by the EAC climate index survey.

He shed light on the importance of the 8th regional meeting on Non-Tariff Barriers because in addition to discussing the Time Bound Program, the meeting was to consider the draft study report on the legally binding enforcement mechanisms. On behalf of the EAC Secretary General, Mr. NduatiwaKaranja, the Principle Trade Officer, informed participants that the meeting will, besides considering the National Monitoring Committees report and updating of the EAC Time Bound Program, consider the draft report and bill on legally binding mechanism on elimination of NTBs in the region. “The finalization of the study would go a long way in reinforcing the current efforts of re-addressing Non-Tariff Barriers in the region and what is expected from the meeting is concrete proposals to enrich the study report” he said.
Representatives from the five Partner States reported the progress in the elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers in their specific countries. The meeting was also used as a platform to update the EAC on discussions held on the draft study report and bill and the status of elimination of identified NTBs.

On consideration of the final draft study and draft bill on the development of a legally binding enforcement mechanism on the elimination of the identified Non Tariff Barriers, the consultant from AESA Europe presented the final study report on the development of a legally binding enforcement mechanism on the elimination of NTBs. The meeting recommended that the study should propose a common regional approach on how to legalize the National Monitoring Committees in the Partner States.
Regional participants also recommended that the draft bill be submitted to the forthcoming extra-ordinary meeting of the sectoral Council on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment for adoption and that the draft bill be subjected to national stakeholder’s validation workshops in the EAC States.

 
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