CS Adan Mohamed (centre) Trade PS Chris Kiptoo (left) and Industry PS Patrick Mwangi in Arusha last week.
Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Cabinet Secretary Dr Adan Mohamed has made a passionate plea on East African Community (EAC) countries to work on sound textile policies.
This, he said will enable textiles and apparels produced in the region compete favourably with similar products from other economic blocks.
The CS noted that though the African Growth and Opportunity Act provided African markets with invaluable cloth and apparels market duty free and quota free in the US, and there was need for the EAC economic block to come up with sound and pragmatic policies
These, he said, should spur development of local textile industries even after the current agreement elapses in 2025. Dr Mohamed was addressing sectoral meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment in Arusha last week.
He called for the reduction of bureaucratic Non-Tariff Barriers to enable commodities produced in the region compete favourably with other products manufactured in the Comesa region.
The CS was accompanied by the Principal Secretary (PS) for Trade Dr Chris Kiptoo, PS for Industry Patrick Nduati Mwangi and the outgoing Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner General John Njiraini.
He promised to have further bilateral consultations with Tanzania officials to unlock the impasse affecting free flow of wheat flour and Liquefied Petroleum Gas between the two countries.
The EAC Council of Ministers decried reduction in trade volumes in the region since 2013, which they attributed to increased numbers of non-tariff barriers, political instability in South Sudan and general economic slump down around the globe.
He emphasised that trade was an important unifying factor in the regional integration, hence there was urgent need to seek solutions for all Non-Tariff Barriers which impeded trade. [Correspondent]