Theory of Change: Enhanced Trade Environment

Increased Organizational Effectiveness: Provision of Video Conferencing equipment

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Increased Organizational Effectiveness: Provision of Video Conferencing equipment" implementor="East African Community Secretariat" target_group="East African Community" project_value="3.8 M" implementation_period="2012 - 2016" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]One of the major challenges faced by the Secretariat is the ability to communicate timely and effectively. This impinges on the quality of decisions made and the timeliness of the decision making process. Moreover, a large percentage of the EAC Secretariat budget cost of is associated with travel and transport across the Partner State in attending various meetings related to the development of the East African Region. What: As part of a broad institutional reform programme that is on-going, and particularly as part of the Secretary General’s drive to realise cost-efficiency gains in communication and decision-making, the Council approved the acquisition and installation of a Video Conferencing System (VCS) for the Community. It is expected that the system will not only improve efficiency in communication and decision-making, but it will also help the Secretariat realise significant savings in cost and time. Key outputs include:  Installation and operationalization of VC equipment at EAC Secretariat and Partner States;  Adoption of procedures and guidelines for management of the use of VC System; How: TMA will provide financial and technical assistance to support procurement, installation and operationalization of VC equipment at the EAC Secretariat and Partner States. Contact: Jason Kapkirwork, Email: Jason.kapkirwork@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42618" image_2="42620"]Improved communication to enhance timely and effective decision making process through provision...

Alternative System for Secure Transit (ASSET)

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Alternative System for Secure Transit (ASSET)" implementor="EAC Revenue authorities" target_group=" Revenue authorities Traders and clearing agents Financial Institutions Insurance companies " project_value="$3,461,378" implementation_period="2011 - 2014" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]Custom bonds are a guarantee required by revenue authorities that goods will exit the country as required and will not be consumed in transit countries to avoid taxes. These bonds are a heavy additional cost to the trader. A TMA commissioned impact assessment demonstrated that switching from national bond schemes to ASSET could have saved $209,000,000 in Kenya alone in the year 2011. What: ASSET is an innovative system to eliminate the need for customs bonds, thus reducing the cost of doing business for traders and clearing agents, while safeguarding revenue. Through ASSET, taxes and duties payable at the country of destination are held in a dedicated financial facility before transit. This amount serves as the guarantee to revenue authorities in transit countries and as the duties and taxes payable upon safe arrival of goods at the intended destination. How: TMA is funding revenue authorities to conduct further research into the feasibility of ASSET and to develop the ICT infrastructure between the financial institutions and revenue authorities. The project supports Burundi and Tanzania revenue authorities to conduct a pilot on the Central Corridor for Burundi’s petroleum imports, through the port of Dar es Salaam. Contact: Alban Odhiambo: alban.odhiambo@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type="fixGreySection" el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="41987" image_2="41989"]ASSET will save traders money spent...

Tanzania NTB National Monitoring Committee

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Tanzania NTB National Monitoring Committee" implementor="Tanzania NTB National Monitoring Committee" target_group="Public and Private Sector group" project_value="US$ 1,374,014.45" implementation_period="2011 - 2017" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]NTBs account for a significant proportion of the high transportation costs in the EAC which are estimated to limit intra-regional trade by approximately 15% [World Bank] and constitute significant limitations to foreign direct investment. The existing NTBs have also created a mechanism which funds government institutions and a culture which also includes the possibility of corruption. In Tanzania, foreign-registered cargo trucks are required to pay US$ 500 to the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) on each entry, in addition to annual fees of $600. This makes eliminating NTBs one of the highest priorities for the EAC Secretariat and member states. What: Elimination of NTBs. Key outputs include; Chamber programme on advocacy and monitoring of NTBs designed and delivered Awareness, training, stakeholder consultation and study tours on NTB removal conducted How: Advocating and dialogue through the National Monitoring Committee (NMC) Contact: Elibariki Shammy, Email: elibariki.shammy@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42718" image_2="42678"]Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) which will contribute to reduction in transport costs along key corridors in East Africa[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element="yes"][vc_column][project_single_ele_3_container heading="More Project Insights." sub_heading="Projects Highlights From A Glance" slide_1="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock" slide_2="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock" slide_3="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock"][single_project_content]Key output includes: Consolidating the results of...

BBN Standards Testing

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="BBN Standards Testing" implementor="Burundi Bureau of Standards." target_group=" Importers and exporters. Manufacturers. Burundi Bureau of standard. " project_value="US$ 927,000" implementation_period="2012 - 2016" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]The Burundi Bureau of Standards (BBN) is the public body in charge of standards in Burundi. Key responsibilities include: Metrology testing Laboratories services and quality control. Promoting quality assurance and management Creating and management of the certification mark Promoting standardization in industry and commerce Preparing or modifying specifications and codes of practice TMA will provide support to BBN in order to carry out this mandate. What: TMA will support BBN with a series of initiatives to establish regulatory framework of standards quality and SPS, upgrading of testing facilities as well as increase awareness on standards. How: TMA will provide technical assistance to BBN to support development of legal and regulatory framework and training. BBN will on a day to day basis manage consultants. Procurements and contracting will be done by TMA. Contact: Aimé Nzoyihera , Email aime.nzoyihera@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42638" image_2="41999"]Burundi Bureau of Standards (BBN) simplify and increase the transparency of import/export procedures; producers improve the quality of products produced; bureau of standards staff and producers improve their understanding of standards and requirements. Together, the results lead to national bureau of standards improving efficiency and effectiveness of testing.[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][project_single_ele_3_container heading="More Project Insights." sub_heading="Projects Highlights From A Glance" slide_1="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock" slide_2="info access for 20...

Doing business in The East African Community 2012

Doing Business in the East Africa Community 2012 is a regional report drawing on the global Doing Business project and its database, as well as the findings of Doing Business 2012, the ninth in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulation and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 183 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.

DOING BUSINESS IN THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises

Over the past 8 years the 5 members of the East African Community (EAC)— Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda—have continued to take steps to make it easier for local firms to start up and operate. Driving these efforts has been a recognition that regional integration alone is not enough to spur growth. The EAC needs an investment climate—including a business regulatory environment—that is well suited to scaling up trade and investment and can act as a catalyst to modernize the regional economy. Improving the investment climate in the EAC is therefore an essential ingredient for successful integration—the foundation for expanding business activity, boosting competitiveness, spurring growth and, ultimately, supporting human development.

Uganda electronic cargo tracking system

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Uganda electronic cargo tracking system" implementor="Uganda Revenue Authority" target_group="Importers and exporters" project_value="US$ 3,600,000" implementation_period="2013 - 2016" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]According to the URA, it costs transporters $200-250 per day when trucks are delayed along the transit routes. Part or all of this cost is passed on to the owner of goods. As a result, the cost of transport tends to increase the further inland the destination of cargo, not only because of distance but also the number of stoppages along the routes The major transit delays in the region include roadblocks by police and customs authorities, weighbridges, physical escorts and border clearance, and they vary from country to country. In Uganda, the major delays arise from physical escorts, which are considered a major non-tariff barrier in the region. URA further indicates that physical escorts in Uganda have the effect of increasing the transit period from 1 day to 3 - 4 days, effectively resulting into an estimated increase in transport costs of about $400 - $500, the additional cost paid as a result of the increase in transit period. What: The aim of this project is to implement an electronic cargo tracking system to reduce delays resulting from transit. How: TMA is providing financial and technical support to URA to implement the electronic cargo tracking system Contact: Moses Sabiiti, Email moses.sabiiti@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="43387" image_2="43391"]Uganda Revenue Authority improves the efficiency of customs processing resulting in higher...