NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
East African Community (EAC) member
states are set to meet in March to fast track
harmonization of standards of goods to help boost
regional trade, an official said on Friday.
of Standards (KBS) Managing Director Charles Ongwae told
Xinhua in Nairobi that the standards bodies of the each
of the six member states are set to agree on single
standards for the most commonly traded goods.
“The aim of
the meeting is to develop harmonized standards for food
and chemical products manufactured in the region so as
to facilitate intra-regional trade,” Ongwae said during
the Kenya Standards Forum in Nairobi.
states include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi
and South Sudan.
harmonization of standards leads to mutual recognition
of national standards across the region thereby
eliminating the need for multiple testing of products at
the trading bloc has so far harmonized 1,330 standards
for goods out of a possible 9,011 standards.
that common standards across the region will help the
economic bloc to fully implement the EAC Common Market
director said that lack of harmonized standards is the
biggest cause of non tariff barriers in regional trade.
trading bloc is committed to promote trade via the
smooth flow of goods across borders through mutual
recognition of national standards,” he added.
that the EAC harmonized standards will be a building
bloc for the establishment of Africa wide standards.