EABC CALLS FOR ABOLISHMENT OF COVID-19 TESTING AT THE EAST AFRICA’S BORDER POINTS | AfriTV Online

The East Africa Business Council has appealed to the partner states to end COVID-19 testing at the border as it is affecting cross border trade leading to huge losses and damages worth millions of dollars.   Dr. Peter Mutuku, the CEO of East Afric...

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EABC CALLS FOR ABOLISHMENT OF COVID-19 TESTING AT THE EAST AFRICA’S BORDER POINTS

Published by: O. Elijah
10/16/2020 08:26 PM

The East Africa Business Council has appealed to the partner states to end COVID-19 testing at the border as it is affecting cross border trade leading to huge losses and damages worth millions of dollars.

 

Dr. Peter Mutuku, the CEO of East African Business Council speaking at Malaba(Photo credit: Courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

Dr. Peter Mutuku, the CEO of East African Business Council speaking at Malaba(Photo credit: Courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

 

Dr. Peter Mutuku, the CEO of East African Business Council, said in Arusha on Thursday that COVID-19 restrictions should be abolished as businesses are suffering losses as goods get damaged in the long queues at the borders.

 

“We are asking partner states to harmonize and agree that there is no testing done at border points” Mutuku appeals.

According to a report released by the East African Business Council, 56 percent of businesses have been affected by cross border restrictions while 44 percent of businesses are still struggling to keep their businesses running since the pandemic hit the region.

 

In a recent visit to Busia and Isbania borders with the intention to seek sustainable solutions to reduce recurring congestion of trucks, EABC CEO said the congestion at border points are also disrupting the flow of goods.

 

Speaking in Busia Dr. Peter Mutuku Mathuki called for a regionally coordinated approach in implementing EAC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for truck drivers and joint border collaboration to address the long truck queues and COVID-19 related issues.

 

“On the side of Uganda, we know they have been charging $65. To avoid that, they have been coming on the Kenyan side to be tested for free because Kenya is testing for free,” he stated

 

“This is causing a lot of jam in terms of testing. That’s why you see those kinds of challenges at the border points,” Dr. Mathuki added.

 

Dr. Muthuki also encouraged drivers to embrace the Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking which will improve the turnaround time.

 

“It is very critical for transporters in the region to also embrace the recently launched Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System (RECDTS) to improve the truck turnaround time and allow Partner States to electronically share truck drivers’ COVID-19 test results, thus minimizing the need for multiple COVID-19 tests in a single trip.

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