Jua Kali artisans have been lauded for contribution to trade development in the region, the East African Communityâ€™s (EAC) secretary general, Amanya Mushega, has said.
Mushega said as a result of the contribution, the EAC has asked the three governments to address the sectorâ€™s business concerns on time.
Mushega said the sector had continued to drive economic development and job creation, employing over 75% of the rural and urban workforce in the region.
â€œAs a community, we have noted successful improvement of the sector from 150 exhibitors in 1999, when it started to over 500 currently.
â€œThe productsâ€™ quality and quantities have also improved,â€ he said.
Mushega was this week addressing exhibitors at the Seventh East African Jua Kali Exhibition at Uganda Manufacturers Association Show Grounds in Lugogo, Kampala.
Over 500 exhibitors participated.
The Confederation of Informal Sector Organisations representative, James Bwatuti, requested the East African governments to provide the sector with an annual budget to help them solve trade barriers.
Mushega commends Jua Kali exhibitors