The overall objective of the EAC Common Market Protocol (CMP) is to widen and deepen cooperation among the partner states in the economic and social fields through removal of restrictions on the movement of goods, persons, labour, services and capital and the rights of establishment and residence.
It’s over seven years now since the protocol came into force but its implementation still face challenges. The EAC Time Bound Program (TBP) on elimination of NTBs in the region, the CM scorecard and other monitoring tool still reports the occurrence of some NTBs despite efforts to eliminate them. One of the underlying factors to the occurrence of these NTBs has been the national laws rule and policies in the different partner states that do not conform to the common market protocol. In Uganda for instance over 20 legal provisions need to be reviewed to facilitate the implementation of the CMP.
Currently there are a number of laws that are either being amended or being crafted for instance the investment code bill 2017, the Local Content Bill 2017, the competition Bill, the sugar bill and the counterfeited bill, all of which need to comply with the CMP.
In a policy brief by SEATINI Uganda and in our recent Public Private Sector Dialogue, it was proposed that there is a need for parliament to require all laws presented to the House to obtain a certificate of regional compliance to ensure that they fully comply with the provisions of the CMP before they are considered by Parliament.
It is against this background that SEATINI Uganda in partnership with the East African Trade and Investment Hub is organizing a Policy Markers’ meeting to;