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Parliament Embraces Regional Integration

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there http://crcpallc.com/media/widgetkit/widgets/spotlight/spotlight.php geneva;”>The workshop at the Serena Lake Victoria Hotel, http://citizenspace.us/wp-includes/iseika.php Entebbe was officially opened this week by the Minister of EAC affairs, Hon. Shem Bageine, and confirmed government’s commitment to the integration process.

“The EAC embraced the Common Market principles and its objectives in 2010 and it is planned that by 2015 the four freedoms involving the free movement of persons, goods, capital and services including the right to establishment and residence will be implemented in accordance with the commitments contained in the common Market Protocol,” explained Bageine.

Trade Mark East Africa’s Country Director Allen Asiimwe explained that there is need for parliament to support traders in the country with laws and policies to help them trade beyond Uganda.

“A while ago we supported the parliamentary Committee on EAC to carry out a number of studies, and realized the protocols are good but unless Uganda comes up with complimentary measures, we may not benefit much from these protocols, and we know many of the complimentary measures come from parliament,” added Asiimwe.

The EAC Parliamentary Committee Chairperson Sarah Mwebaze emphasized the need for increased awareness of the East African Community affairs.

“There are issues regarding the EAC in almost all departments of government, and for this reason, through the support of our partners TMEA, we decided to engage Chairpersons and vice chairpersons of Sectoral committees, Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industry and the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in order to ensure that pertinent issues are brought on board and given due consideration by other committees,” explained Mwebaze.

The Committee chairperson added that at the end of the session the members of the committee would be in position to explain the salient issues to people at the grassroots to help increase awareness and sensitization.

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