The Minister of Trade Industries and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde on Thursday launched the Charter for Cross Border Traders at Mirama/ Kagitumba border post.
The charter which stipulates basic rights and obligations of traders and border officials of all the 6 East African countries; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan was adopted in Moshi, Tanzania in January last year.
According to the Charter, all traders will be able to cross the border without impediments which were prevalent previously.
“All traders shall be able to cross the border without verbal or physical abuse or harassment, including but not limited to sexual and gender based violence,” part of the Charter reads.
Traders are also only going to be paying taxes and fees published and understood before implementation.
“All duties, fees and taxes and the basis of their calculation shall be publicly available at the border. Any change to duties, fees or taxes must be publicly announced at the border with reasonable time allowed for traders to prepare before their application.”
Amelia appealed to both Ugandan and Rwandan traders to utilize the opportunity to boost trade.
“The Ministries of Trade (Uganda and Rwanda) are doing everything to facilitate trade between the two countries and it’s now the opportune moment for our traders utilize and reap more,” Amelia said.
Moses Sabiiti the Director of Trade Mark East Africa that is facilitating developments at border posts through financial aid from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), also urged traders to make good use of the initiative.