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Workshop on mainstreaming DRC into EAC Customs Union underway in Kampala

The East African Community (EAC) capacity building workshop on mainstreaming the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into the EAC Customs Union is currently underway in Kampala, Uganda.

The five-day workshop from 18th -22nd March, 2024 facilitated by the Trade Mark Africa under funding of the USAID- ERRA program is being attended by Senior Officials from the Ministry of Trade, Ministry EAC affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Bureau of Standards, Immigration and Customs Administrations

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The main objective of the capacity building workshop is to sensitize the DRC officials on EAC regional integration, Customs Union Protocol and the concept of One Stop Border Post (OSBP) legal framework and procedures.

The training of the Senior Officials was proceeded by a training of 32 DRC Borders officials at the upcoming Mahagi/Goli (OSBP) between DRC and Uganda.

Speaking during the opening session of the workshop, Evaristae Munyampundu, from the EAC Secretariat underscored the importance of the regional integration, Trade Facilitation and the role of OSBP in establishing cultural linkages among the Partner States as well as enhancing intra-EAC trade.

He urged the participants to familiarize themselves with the EAC instruments including; EAC Treaty, Customs Union Protocol; Customs Management Act; SQMT Act; NTBS Act; OSBP Act, Regulations and Procedure Manuals to name the few and implement them in order to allow traders and people to enjoy the benefits of integration.

On 22nd March, 2024, participants of the workshop are expected to visit Mutukula/Mutukula OSBP on the Uganda-Tanzania border to see the operations of the OSBP.

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