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Old July 24th, 2019, 08:21 PM   #721
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UGANDA: Exports to Kenya, DR Congo surge

Uganda’s export receipts to Kenya more than doubled in May increasing to 54 per cent compared to April, according to data from Bank of Uganda (BoU).

According to a BoU monthly report released this month, Uganda exported goods worth $72m (Shs266b) in May up from $33m (Shs122b) in April.

The increase positioned Kenya as the leading market for Uganda’s exports in the region during the period under review.

The exports were mainly composed of maize grain, which tops the list, beans, simsim, pineapples, and watermelons. Poultry products, which had been previously banned, were also noted as some of the major exports to Kenya in May.

Kenya recently lifted the ban on Uganda’s poultry products after a number of engagements that highlighted how Uganda was going to control the viral influenza disease that had hit the country.

Similarly, according to the report, export receipts to DR Congo increased by 17 per cent in the period, earning the country about $24.9m (Shs92b), up from $20.5m (Shs75b) in April.

Uganda and DR Congo are seeking to heighten trade relations with the launch of a Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System, which will seek to reduce the risk of freight diversion.

Speaking in Kampala last week, Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner Customs Dickson Kateshumbwa, said: “DR Congo is a strategic market for Uganda” therefore easy tracking of cargo from Mombasa through Uganda to DR Congo will reduce smuggling and improve trade.

However, the BoU report indicates in May Uganda’s export receipts from South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and, Tanzania declined compared to the previous month. Export receipt from Rwanda declined further to $800,000 (Shs2.9b), representing a fall of 45 per cent compared to $1.16m (Shs4.2b) that was recorded in April.

Uganda’s exports to Rwanda have been falling on the back of a border dispute that saw Kigali close the Katuna and limiting entry of Uganda traders through other border points.

In the period under review, Uganda’s export receipts to Tanzania declined by 24 per cent, recording $4.8m (Shs17 billion) down from $6.2 million (Shs22 billion) in April.

South Sudan, a previously leading export destination for Uganda’s goods, in May imported goods worth $27.6m (Shs102b) down from $31.5m (Shs116b) in April.

Uganda’s exports to Burundi fetched $3.5m (Shs12b), compared to $3.6m (Shs13b) which the country earned in April, indicating a 2 per cent drop.

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Old August 25th, 2019, 07:46 PM   #722
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South Sudan to align customs systems

South Sudan National Revenue Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Trade Mark East Africa which if implemented as anticipated will not only see the newest country in the world diversify from reliance on oil revenues but importantly perhaps, align its custom operations to other regional member states, namely: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and even DRC. This is important for smooth and flawless regional trade

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Presidents Museveni, Kagame sign agreement to end standoff

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Uganda-Rwanda border restrictions remain despite agreement

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Huu ni unono wa barabara ya Kyaka-Bugene Mkoani Kagera yenye Urefu wa Kilometa 59.1.

• Ni kichocheo kikubwa cha Uchumi katika Mikoa ya Kanda ya ziwa pia huunganisha nchi ya Tanzania na nchi jirani za Rwanda na Burundi.

This is the finest of the Kyaka-Bugene Road in Kagera with a length of 59.1 Kilometers.

• It is a major economic catalyst in the Lake Region Regions that also links Tanzania with neighboring Rwanda and Burundi.









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Uganda needs to honour terms of the MoU, sooner rather than later

In a strange column in the New Vision newspaper last Saturday, John Nagenda – one of the countless multitudes of advisers of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni – heckles Rwanda to “open the doors!”

Nagenda references the Memorandum of Understanding signed last month between Presidents Kagame and Museveni to resolve strained relations between the two states.

Displaying the biases of the Kampala establishment on the issue – i.e. seeing everything solely in the prism of the alleged closed border, which Rwanda in fact never closed – Museveni’s man says: “please Rwanda, you are the one that closed the boundary. It is now irrelevant why you did so! The matter has been solved by mature nations meeting at the top level!”

As expected, no spokesperson of Museveni’s will tell the truth on what actually has led to the impasse between Kampala and Kigali.

The strangeness of Nagenda’s article lies in his complete omission of background or context on the issue he has chosen to tackle – something that in a way signals he knows his boss’s absolute role in causing the deteriorated relations.

Nagenda is caught in an impossible situation: trying to defend the indefensible.

When Rwanda on March 1, this year issued a strong travel advisory against her citizens crossing to Uganda which was a culmination of several months of Ugandan security agencies mistreating, harassing, and persecuting Rwandans in Uganda.

The most common reasons given for the incessant harassment of Rwandan nationals were, a) “espionage”, b) “illegal entry”, and “illegal weapons possessions”.

This happened to hundreds of Rwandans. Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), and Internal Security Organisation (ISO), with no limit to impunity, habitually abducted, illegally incarcerated in torture dungeons, and held Rwandans incommunicado.

These are verified facts. These are things that have been happening well over two years now. Relatives of Rwandan nationals that have been abducted by Ugandan security agencies – with no word where they’ve been taken – frequently have been seen in the media expressing worry.

There was Rene Rutagungira who was abducted on August 17 by CMI in a bar in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

They just dragged him away, with no arrest warrant, or any other legal procedure.

The businessman’s wife almost lost her health for worry. The public learnt – only through pro-Museveni media – that the Rwandan was charged with “kidnap”.

It later changed to “espionage”. Then it became, “running a spy ring.” Rutagungira – like so many Rwandans abducted in similar ways – was tortured.

They held him incommunicado for several months. Aaron Kiiza, Rutagungira’s lawyer in December 2018 detailed how former security minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde personally drove to Makindye Barracks where the Rwandan civilian was detained.

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BUWEMBO: Will the third phase EAC be lucky enough to avoid its political death?

As the second phase of the East African Community comes to the end, we wait to see what shape the third phase will take.

These East African things tend to come in phases. In Tanzania, they actually use the word ‘‘phase,’’ whose Kiswahilli equivalent perfectly also rhymes perfectly with ‘‘phase.’’ I think they are now on the Fifth Phase government since Independence.

In Uganda I am not sure which phase we are in but Idi Amin always called his administration the Second Republic. But before the First Republic that started in 1967, the was the federal phase which was violent terminated in 1966.

I suppose the unstable years that followed Amin’s ouster constituted the fourth phase meaning we are now on the fifth phase as well.

Kenya should also be in its fifth phase as well, counting from the first multiparty days that ended in Kanu’s de facto single party monopoly of power.

The second phase ended after the August 1, 1992 coup attempt (shh. did anyone mark the anniversary a week ago?) ushering in the hard knuckle third phase of Kanu absolutism which instead gave rise to fantastic civil society organisation that forced the opening up to the resumption of multipartism as the fourth phase.

The rather wild multipartism ended in the 2007-08 bloodshed and a power-sharing compromise, finally yielding an idealistic constitution for the fifth phase dispensation.

These three countries had set up the first phase EAC in 1967 and killed it a decade later in 1977. A decade and a half later, they started a systematic recreation of a second phase EAC in a years’ long process.

We have lived to see EAC expand to six partner states plus several applicants waiting to join, yet we are now standing at its graveside as government undertakers hold their shovels ready for its burial.

The poor second EAC didn't even get to run common services like the first did with its ports and harbours and airline; and its legacy seems to be an anthem, flag and letting members states export their tribal petty politics and corruption to the secretariat in Arusha.

The time now is to ponder what shape the third phase EAC will take.

My estimation is that most of the 190 million plus citizens of the Community agree that the national governments are not the best custodians of the cherished regional community.

Our governments seem to be temperamental like a teenager, moody like a jilted lover, jealous like a divorcee and unforgiving like a witch.

Whoever will be responsible for crafting the third EAC must find a way of entrusting its operation and survival beyond the direct influence of the political states.

It is even tempting to suggest the religious bodies be the guarantors of the next cross-border entity. But then we have rather too many new religious bodies some with questionable motives. Some even purport to host Jesus Christ in body until the state justifiably deports him.

Maybe they should try the professional bodies, with the lawyers and businesspeople at the core. Even the basket funders like Trademark East Africa should find it less stressful dealing with the professional body than with governments.

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EAC locks out duty-free car imports from South Africa

Players in the automobile sectors from the East African Community and the Southern African Customs Union are developing a joint policy to encourage motor vehicle manufacturing that is beneficial to both blocs.

This development comes at a time when the tripartite free trade area (TFTA) tariff negotiations launched more than four years ago are near conclusion.

The two economic blocs have had a prolonged battle over whether to abolish the contentious 25 per cent import duty under the tripartite free trade area (TFTA).

The two blocs have agreed that import duty on some motor vehicle parts will be abolished within the first five years of the TFTA, and others will enter duty free as provided under the EAC CET.

The move ostensibly curbs a massive influx of motor vehicles from South Africa into the EAC region once the more than 700 million-people TFTA comes into force.

It is estimated that the number of vehicles imported into East Africa each year has grown to over 250,000 and is expected to reach 500,000 by 2030.

CAR INDUSTRY

As a result, member states — Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan — are pushing for the growth of the automotive assembling industry in the region.

Automobile industry players in the two regions are involved in development of the strategy,” said Benedict Musengele, acting director general in-charge of customs and trade at the Comesa Secretariat.

Currently, finished goods imported into the EAC attract a duty of 25 per cent, intermediate goods (10 per cent) and raw materials (0 per cent) under the EAC’s existing three-band tariff structure which came into effect on January 1, 2005.

Moreover, there is a list of sensitive products such as milk, sugar, wheat, rice and garments which attract higher duty of above 25 per cent to protect such industries from competition.

Last year, the EAC heads of state directed the Council of Ministers to explore the possibility of developing the automotive industry by reducing importation of used vehicles from outside the region and thereby make the region more competitive.

These countries are also tightening rules on the importation of second-hand cars into the region as part of efforts to encourage local assembly.

For instance, in 2017 the EAC Council of Ministers recommended to the 18th EAC Heads of State Summit that the age limit for used imported vehicles be lowered to five years by 2021.

Kenya currently allows the imports of used cars with of up to eight years, 15 years in Uganda, and 10 years in Tanzania. Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan have no age limits for used cars.

VALUE CHAIN

Kenya has three assemblers — Kenya Vehicles Manufacturer, Isuzu and Associated Vehicle Assemblers. They assemble their cars from “completely knocked down units” that attract zero duty as per the CET. However, if they import “completely build units” they pay applicable duty as per the CET.

In Tanzania, IPP Automobile Company Ltd signed an agreement with a South Korean firm in 2018 to set up a vehicle assembly plant in the country.

We have agreed to discuss the sector in terms of the regional value chain and not liberalisation of motor vehicles coming from SACU,” Kenya’s Principal Secretary in the Department of Trade Chris Kiptoo told The EastAfrican.

SACU comprises five countries — South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and eSwatini.

South Africa produces more than a million vehicles ever year, including Toyota, Nissan, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen, Ford Chrysler and Fiat.

The EastAfrican has also established that EAC and SACU have agreed to retain the more than 25 per cent duty as provided for under the existing EAC Common External Tariff (CET) to all imports of sensitive dairy products such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and butter into the EAC bloc.

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