East African business CEOs call for free movement of cargo amid COVID-19 pandemic

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East Africa Business Bloc
East African Business Council (EABC)

Chief executive officers of the national private sector associations in the East African Community (EAC) region have called for free movement of cargo across borders during the COVID-19 pandemic, a statement said on Thursday.

The statement by the East African Business Council (EABC) said the CEOs urged EAC member states to agree and implement a coordinated regional approach on COVID-19 to facilitate free movement of cargo across the region.

The statement said the CEOs held an online meeting to assess the status of the transport and logistics sector in light of the outbreak of COVID-19 in the EAC region.

According to the statement, the business executives urged the EAC member states to hold bilateral meetings to unlock barriers to free movement of cargo across the region.

They said ministries of EAC affairs should engage the ministries of trade, transport and health in a bid to ensure measures on COVID-19 did not cause unnecessary cost and time burden to the free movement of goods and services in the region.

“We should not discriminate or put fear to essential service providers but treat them with respect and understanding,” said the statement.

The business CEOs also urged EAC member states to enhance security to facilitate free movement of cargo across borders in the region.

They also urged truck drivers and all operators to observe the guidelines on health by the respective EAC member states. Enditem

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