Business stakeholders hold sensitization workshop on border posts

Business stakeholders hold sensitization workshop on border posts

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Border town Namanga which is between Kenya and Tanzania. FILE/PHOTO.

Mombasa, KENYA: Business stakeholders in Mombasa are holding a three day sensitization workshop on border posts on regional economic program at Kenya school of Revenue Authority, to discuss about customs and border points at EAC member states.

Speaking during the meeting, East African Community representative Stephen Analo said single customs territory which is being implemented here in Kenya will easen up business by ensuring that there is free flow of goods from one country to another in east African Community member states.

“The single customs territory we are looking at the whole of East Africa as one custom territory. When things enter the port of Mombasa they are processed, cleared and they move through the whole o region without hindrance, and this is where this programme comes in because it helps facilitate the free flow of goods in the region”. He said.

He urged EAC member states to comply with World Trade Organization trade facilitation agreement so as not to be locked out in trade matters globally.

“It’s a global thing every country has to adhere to this, at EAC we are enabling the partner state to implement the agreement, it has a lot of measures that every partner state and country has to meet those measures and you have to submit to WTO that you have comply, if you don’t do it you will be in problems in regards with global trade”. He urged.

On terrorism and trade, Chief Manager Customs and Border Control Department , Southern Region at KRA , John Bisonga said that stringent measures were taken including increase in verification for all goods entering the countries.

The workshop is expected to end Wednesday this week.