USED GOODS SHOULDN’T BE IMPORTED IN EAC, NGOs SUPPORT GOV’T

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By Jumah Kakomo
The southern and eastern African trade information and negotiation institute (SEATIN) has urged the government of Uganda and East African Community (EAC) to stand firm on the decision to progressively phase out second hand clothes to ensure economic development, and more employment opportunities within the region.
Speaking before media Nathan Irumba SAETIN chief executive director said that East African Community  heads of state on the 20th February 2015 directed the council of ministers to study modalities for the promotion of the textile and leather industries in the region, and stopping the importation of used clothes, used shoes and other used leather products from outside the region.
He adds that the decision arose out of the need for the East African Community to advance a market driven integration by boosting manufacturing and industrialization, promoting forward and backward linkages and achieve structural transformation through high value addition and product diversification as stipulated in the EAC 2012-2032 industrialization strategy.
He says that in Uganda, this decision is informed by the vision 2040 which seeks to promote agro-processing and manufacturing of consumer products and the buy Uganda build Uganda policy which seeks to support the production, purchase, supply, and consumption of local goods and services.

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