EALA Speaker Decries Delayed Implementation of Common Market Protocol

Speaker Dan Kidega Expressing concern over delayed implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol by Member States

The Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Dan Kidega has expressed dismay over the slow implementation of the East African Common Market Protocol by some member states.

Speaking to the media in Kampala on Monday ahead of a special sitting to be addressed by President Yoweri Museveni tomorrow, approved the Speaker noted that the East African Community (EAC) is at an important period in the integration dispensation.

Under the Customs Union, page the region is implementing the Single Customs Territory regime which essentially enables faster movement of goods while enhancing the flow of transport from the ports to the Partner States.

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Kidega noted that the Common Market Protocol on its part, prescription provides for free movement of goods, persons, services, labour, capital and the right to establishment and the right of residence.

“EALA and other stakeholders remain concerned over the delays in implementation of the Protocol despite all Partner States having shown political will to enforce the Protocol,” Kidega said.

Kidega observed that there are still some fears and suspicions among member states over the implementation of the protocol which is hampering the freedoms and the rights provided for by the protocol.

“The demands for reduction or total abolition of work permit fees, the need for standardization when it comes to issuance of the said permits and smoother and easier movement of persons from one Partner State to another, need to be speedily addressed.”

He however noted that some successes have been realized since the entry of the Common Market Protocol in 2010 which include the introduction of the International E-Passports, movement using identity cards in some of the Partner States and reduction in Non-Tariff Barriers.

The second EAC Common Market Scorecard 2016, launched last October in Kampala, while revealing a number of reforms realized since 2014, still depicts non-conforming measures especially on trade liberalization of services and general compliance to the tenets of the Protocol.


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