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The Meeting of Experts on Border Infrastructure Concludes with more pledges of Cross Border Collaboration

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The Meeting of Experts on Border Infrastructure Concludes with more pledges of Cross Border Collaboration

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The meeting of experts on border infrastructure under the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project which brought together DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and development partners (WB and TMEA) was held at Rubavu, Rwanda, from 09th to 11th December, 2019. The meeting was supported by the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP). The purpose of this meeting, was to bring together border infrastructure experts and senior officials to a shared platform to discuss and share plans and designs for common border crossings, exchange information on best practices and challenges facing construction and management of border infrastructure.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Richard NIWENSHUTI, the SPIU Coordinator, Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Rwanda and co-chaired by Mr. Millan BONDENGA LOOLA, the Advisor to the Minister of External Trade of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mr. David Kiiza, The Senior Industry Officer and Component Manager (Representative of the Project Coordinator), Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of the Republic of Uganda.

The meeting addressed key issues affecting the implementation common border infrastructure and these include; Issues slowing down implementation of the infrastructure components in each country identified and solutions proposed; Designs/plans for common border crossings shared and harmonized; Capacity-building/technical assistance and coordination support from COMESA Secretariat and development partners required by project countries identified and Action plan for enhanced implementation of the infrastructure and related project components developed.

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    • David Wanga Reply

      Hello team I appreciate your efforts in ensuring smooth flow of trade across international boundaries, however a number of issues needs to harmonized. For your information the RECs of COMESA and EAC, launched a simplified trade regime (STR) In 2007, implemented by EAC partner states in 2010 under COMESA REFORM & Trading for Peace (TfP) program which started with few borders in 2010 and currently covering all main EAC border points by 2020.
      -Trade information desks appreciated across the region, however replication not possible in absence of model TID.
      -Strengthening information/data collection processes, data dissemination and trade facilitation to support policy formulation at national and regional levels.
      -Networking and information sharing across TIDs in the region-absence of mechanism to facilitate this.
      -TID partnerships growing and need for clear development and management strategy at national and regional levels.
      -Value chain integration and socio economic prospects increasingly significant- need to mainstream these in TID activities.

      My Proposal:
      -Build a Trade Information Desk integrated model based on the Busia case, and strengthen partnerships and knowledge management processes to support implementation of EAC Trade Information Desk mandate.
      -TID model that can be replicated across the region.
      -TID partnerships and engagement strategy for EAC.
      -Knowledge information system piloted in Busia that supports policy development and implementation within the region and continent.
      -Socio-economic development agenda that improve live hoods of cross border traders especially women.

      The Team composition should include:

      -Trade information desks: lead role.
      -Ministries of trade: policy lead.
      -Trade capacity associates: technical lead.
      -Other partners: secretariats of regional bodies (EAC, COMESA & SADC), Development partners.

      In addition to that Trade Information Desks (TID) and Trade Information Desks Officers in EAC borders especially Uganda and Kenya have only benefited from training’s conducted by COMESA in Uganda,Zambia,Burundi and Kenya. We request for your consideration in your current activities as per the Regional Integration agenda.

      January 16, 2020 at 1:50 pm

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