DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The East African Business Council (EABC) has called on
partner states of the East African Community (EAC) to fast track the process of
airspace liberalization in a bid to reduce the cost of doing business in the
Jim Kabeho, the EABC acting chairman, further urged Tanzania,
Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi to finalize EAC air transport regulations for
the benefit of the trading bloc.
"It is important for the EAC partner states to expedite air space
liberalization in view of reducing the cost of doing business," Kabeho told a
news conference in Tanzania’s northern tourist city of Arusha.
He said since the cost of air transport in the EAC region was high, the
region should expeditiously finalize the development of the EAC liberalization
of air services and the adoption of new regulations by all the partner states.
A study commissioned by the EABC and released in May said air transport
liberalization within the EAC could earn the region 202 million U.S. dollars
The study, Costs and Benefits of Open Skies in the East African Community,
said the airspace liberalization among Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and
Burundi could also result in an additional 46,320 jobs.
Kabeho also called on the EAC to focus on the path to industrialization and
support measures which can create of wealth and jobs in the region.
He named sectors that needed attention as iron and steel, agriculture and
motor vehicle industry, saying the region needed to focus on areas which
supported the industrial sector like transport and logistics, energy, and tax
He stressed the need for the EAC region to develop a regional policy to allow
for local sourcing of goods and services, and create demand for locally produced
goods in order to spur growth in the priority sectors identified under the EAC