Uganda (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has urged regional
leaders to guard against excessive sugar imports in
the East African region, warning that the imports
were killing local industries and stifling
A State House
statement said Magufuli sounded the caution while
meeting visiting Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
in Dar es Salaam of Tanzania.
Magufuli said he had discussed the matter with
Museveni, noting that the leaders must tackle the
issue of illicit sugar and smuggling.
Magufuli’s comments came shortly after Tanzania
denied entry of 600 tonnes of Ugandan sugar into the
country and demanded that the importer should pay
taxes of 25 percent contrary to the East African
Community Customs Union protocol.
"Our people met and discussed this. We should
decide whether we need to grow our industries or
becoming dumping grounds," he said.
A Ugandan delegation last month met with their
Tanzanian counterparts at the border town of
Uganda leaders agree to boost trade
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli and his Ugandan counterpart
Yoweri Museveni on Thursday agreed to work together
in strengthening trade and protecting local
industries in the two neighboring countries.
Speaking in the Tanzanian commercial capital Dar
es Salaam, the two leaders pledged to control
illegal imports of key commodities into the East
African Community (EAC) member states of Tanzania,
Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
They said it was high time the two countries
invest more in improving and facilitating trade
activities to stimulate development.
Museveni was on an official tour in Tanzania
where he delivered a report of the BRICS summit held
last month in South Africa and how investors from
various parts of the world could grab investment
opportunities available in East Africa.
Museveni said Uganda maintained sound diplomatic
and trade ties with Tanzania and the two countries
were eager to boost trade and investments in various
sectors including energy, infrastructure, oil and
Museveni applauded Tanzania for launching train
cargo service to Uganda through Lake Victoria ports
of Mwanza and Port Bell in Uganda.
The train connects the ports of Dar es Salaam to
Uganda through Tabora and Isaka in western Tanzania,
then Mwanza port by ships.
Economic Commission for Africa urges East
Community to liberalize trade services to spur
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United Nations Economic
Commission for Africa (UNECA) on Monday urged the
East African Community (EAC) to liberalize trade in
professional services in order to spur growth of the
Stephen Karingi, the Director of Capacity
Development Division at UNECA, told Xinhua in
Nairobi that the region’s manufacturing sector is
not as competitive as it should be due to relatively
high cost of services including in the insurance,
legal, logistic and finance sectors.
"There is empirical evidence that efficiency
gains occurs when markets are opened up.
will further its industrialization agenda if it can
access cheaper services from a liberalized market,"
Karingi said on the sidelines of the Fifth Common
Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
Annual Research Forum.
EAC member states includes Kenya, Uganda,
Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
Karingi called for the partners of the trading
bloc to amend their national laws so that they
permit free movement of professionals across the
He said that the region has already signed the
EAC Common Market Protocol which calls for free
movement of capital and labor but implementation has
not been completed.
Karingi said that for every manufactured good,
there is an element of services input which must be
procured at a competitive cost in order for
merchandise to compete regionally and globally.
He noted that the EAC is one of the most
integrated regions in the continent.
He observed that intra-EAC trade has been
increasing primarily because Uganda and Tanzania
have been increasing their exports to the rest of