March 7, 2019

Regional Manufacturers Ask Kagame, Museveni to “Walk the Talk”

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The East African Manufacturers’ Association (EAMA) has also joined calls for the leadership of Rwanda and Uganda to work out a way to resolve their differences.

The grouping of more than 100 industrialists from within the EAC bloc want the two countries to do what they preach about regional integration.

“The Uganda Rwanda border disruption is definitely having severe effects on our traders. EAMA pleads to both governments to solve their differences soonest and walk the talk of the EU-EAC PTA , EAC customs Union and ACFTA,” they said in a short statement.

EU-EAC PTA is the East African Community-European Union preferential trade agreements which allow tariff-free access to EU markets for some goods and opens up EAC. The AfCFTA African Continental Free Trade Area adopted in Rwanda by AU leaders.

It is now eight days since Rwanda took the first step by temporarily closing the Gatuna border post with Uganda for construction purposes, and redirecting traffic to Kagitumba/Mirama hills border – more than 100km away.

Rwanda, then went on to outline what it summed as “three standing issues” against Uganda’s leadership.

In conclusion, Kigali said, no Rwandan national will be allowed to travel to Uganda. However, everyone else can come to Rwanda and leave as they wish.

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