The countries were charging $50 for a single entry visa for ordinary citizens. All the East African Communities countries do not require visas for, nor charge citizens of member countries for visa fees.
"Since we have very generous rules of origin, I am very sure that the business community will take the cue and start trading with the external markets under the common label and standard mark of the East African Community," said Minister Maina
In the latest development on Monday, South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wrote to the embassies of Uganda and of South Sudan pledging their commitment to providing security along the Juba-Nimule Road.
“When you talk about EAC at this border, (Nemba Border point in Burundi) you will only be told EAC is in Arusha by Mr. Ngobonziza the border manager. We have faced many challenges but this has to be our biggest one yet,” said John Bosco Balongo, the expedition director
Government records show that 14 Ugandans were killed in South Sudan between May and August 2021. They include; Ali Mark Sony, Amati Stephen, Dada Abugo, Sadam Andama, Katongole Hussein, Abdu Makanga, Kuraish Mutebi, Sembusi Kato and Amono Anna Clara, among others.
Uganda imported from Tanzania goods worth 743.68 Million dollars in 2020, and this figure grew to more than 1.2 billion dollars between July 2020 and June 2021.
Uganda imported gold from Tanzania worth 591 million dollars, which is more than half of all imports from the country and five times more than all that Uganda exports there.
Uganda had a $1.1 billion trade deficit with Tanzania at the end of 2020/21 financial year according to Bank of Uganda trade statistics. And it's the first time Uganda’s trade deficit and import bill with a neighboring country exceeded a billion dollar.
Trade between the two is highly imbalanced, with India exports to EA amounting to more than 6 billion dollars, against imports with less than 2 billion, mainly tea, petroleum minerals and spices.
The EAC Director General for Customs and Trade, Kenneth Bagamuhunda said that the MRA, once finalised and implemented, would have a big impact on the flow and growth of trade between East Africa and India.
The Kenyan business executive came in as the bloc was grappling with several issues, including inadequate staffing in most of the departments, quarrels among partner states and trade disruptions, tariff and non-tariff barriers, among others.
Speaking to journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala today, the minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem said Uganda’s foreign policy is that it never gets involved in the internal affairs of any country unless it’s invited.
The WHO said that it hoped COVAX would ship 520 million doses to Africa by the end of 2021, in addition to more shots from other sources, including deliveries from the African Union, which is expected to supply around 45 million jabs by the end of the year.
The dispute over the GERD dates back to April 2011, when Ethiopia began building the dam on the Blue Nile, set to be the largest hydroelectric power project in Africa. When finished, it will store 74 billion cubic metres of water and generate more than 5,000 megawatts of electricity.
The countries continue to rely heavily on borrowing although some, like Uganda, intend to reduce how much they borrowed this year. In total, the countries plan to borrow more than USD 18 billion, to fund the turnaround of the economies battered by COVID-19, as well as ongoing and new infrastructure projects, among other areas.
Dr Peter Mutuku Mathuki takes over a secretariat that is facing challenges ranging from financial shortages as many countries were not up-to-date in their remittances.
“Even where countries had issues with either one another or with the secretariat, Richard Sezibera would personally reach out to them and encourage them to pay,” said EALA member, Fred Mukasa Mbidde, of the former SG.