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Japan gives sh12b boost to EAC customs

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st September 2009 03:00 AM

THE Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has earmarked $6m (about sh12.3b) to promote East Africa Community’s (EAC) customs administration.

By Mark Owor

THE Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has earmarked $6m (about sh12.3b) to promote East Africa Community’s (EAC) customs administration.

“The project is intended to support trade facilitation initiatives being undertaken by the partner states to improve clearance of goods at entry points and reduce the cost of doing business,” Seki Tetsuo, the JICA chief representative, said.

He added that the project, which started in 2007, covered training in one-stop border operations, enforcement and information technology to facilitate linkages with other border agencies.

Tetsuo was speaking at the hand-over of two vehicles and two motorcycles, two motor-boats and communication equipment, to the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

Richard Kamajugo, the Uganda Revenue Authority assistant commissioner for international trade, said the surveillance equipment would be deployed at Busia and Malaba border posts.

Japan gives sh12b boost to EAC customs

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