Under Strategy one, TMEA supported EAC PS to implement a number of trade reforms around the Single Customs Territory (SCT); undertake improvements in trade facilitation infrastructure at ports of Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam; connect roads and border posts; improve customs efficiency and harmonisation of trade standards and creation of a reporting framework for non-tariff barriers. TMEA also provided hands on assistance in building capacity of its implementing partners to develop project monitoring and implementation frameworks. More importantly, TMEA governance model of National Oversight Committees and national presence in all the EAC PS, provide an opportunity for its partners to proactively engage in programme delivery, and affords them ownership and the ability to sustain projects upon closure.
There is need to build sustainable Quality Systems at the national and regional levels in the EAC to support the implementation of the EAC Common Market, leading to increased intra-EAC trade, and increase in agricultural exports from the EAC region.
Enhance the capacity of the National Monitoring Committee and other institutions involved in the elimination of NTB’s that affect imports into and exports out of Rwanda in the context of the EAC Time-Bound Program for Elimination of NTB’s
Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) simplify and increase the transparency of import/export procedures; producers improve the quality of products produced; bureau of standards staff and producers improve their understanding of standards and requirements. Together, the results leads to national bureau of standards improve efficiency and effectiveness of testing.
The NMC Coordinator is fully operational; An NMC Strategy is elaborated and validated; a National Action Plan is elaborated and implemented. Together these results will lead to the strengthening of the NMC for the elimination of NTBs in Burundi
ASSET will save traders money spent on collateral and insuring bonds,, decrease the number of goods dumped in transit countries due to costly customs requirements, increase capital flow for the financial institutions involved, and decrease administrative costs for revenue authorities. This will help reduce trade costs in East Africa, while...
NTBs account for a significant proportion of the high transportation costs in the EAC which are estimated to limit intra-regional trade by approximately 15% [World Bank] and constitute significant limitations to foreign direct investment.
This formative evaluation gauges progress of TMEA’s NTB projects (5 projects at the country level and 1 project at the regional level) in reducing the time taken and costs involved in trading along the key corridors in East Africa. It follows the 5 OECD-DAC evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency,...