The Republic of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) held a bilateral meeting on the promotion of cross border trade from 2nd to 4th May 2019 at Rock Classic Hotel in Tororo Municipality. The meeting was held under the auspices of the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation (GLTF) Project which the two countries are implementing with funds from the World Bank. The bilateral meeting was attended by officials from Ministries responsible for Trade from both countries, officials from the borders implementing the project and officials from trade facilitation Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The meeting discussed trade facilitation issues and agreed upon the framework needed to address the challenges affecting trade at their borders. The key areas of concern were:
- Cross Border Trade,
- Customs Cooperation,
- Cooperation on Immigration,
- Agriculture and SPS measures,
- Harmonization of Standards,
- Sharing of information, among others.
One of the resolutions of the meeting was that Uganda shall convene meetings of immigration authorities and standards bodies to discuss further immigration issues and standards harmonisation.
The Committee of experts also recommended that the responsible agencies should carry out internal consultations and subsequently hold bilateral meeting to discuss and propose SPS measures to be applied to trade across the borders.
It is against this background that two bilateral meetings have been organised between the standards and immigration bodies from both countries. The border officers from the implementing borders and the national / regional headquarters shall participate in these meetings. Some officials from the Ministry of Trade and Project Implementation Unit shall as well participate in these meetings.
The meeting for the standards bodies has kicked off today 8th November 2019 at Munyonyo Common Wealth Resort Hotel in Uganda
The objectives of the meeting therefore are to:
- Discuss standards issues such as the harmonization and mutual recognition of standards by both Countries
- Signing of Memoranda of Understanding on Standards between the two Countries