East African Cooperation Minister, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe

East African Cooperation Minister, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe

The decision seeks to promote business among Tanzania traders with the neighbouring Kenya but without compromising security.

?We have agreed to reduce the number of barriers and they will significantly go down,? Tarime District Commissioner (DC), Mr Glorious Luoga, told the minister last weekend.

The decision was reached by the Mara Regional Defence and Security Committee recently, according to Mr Luoga.

Dr Mwakyembe, who was on a one-day working tour here to mobilise Tanzania traders and farmers to make good use of EAC Market opportunities welcomed the decision to whittle down the number of barriers.

?Having about five road barriers in a single district is ruining our business. Reduce them as much as possible,? Dr Mwakyembe pointed out.

Earlier, the Chairman of Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture(TCCIA), Mr John Agostino Ryoba, cited many road barriers as one of the things frustrating them.

The minister ordered ending of all unnecessary obstacles that frustrate Tanzanian traders, preventing them from enjoying the benefits of the EAC market.

But at the same time it was reported to the minister that a single permit is used by dishonest traders to drive a herd of several hundred cows to the neighbouring country.

The illegal acts deny the government revenue as well damaging the environment when cattle pass through unauthorised routes, according to DC Luoga.

Many cows are seen loaded in trucks heading for Sirari border post almost each day.

By MUGINI JACOB, Tanzania Daily News

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