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CS Mohamed urges fast tracking of EAC common market protocol

Mohamed noted that the members were serving at a time of great challenge to Kenya’s regional pre-eminence.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – The apparent slow-down in the implementation of EAC common market protocol decisions has been seen to be hampering investments and capital flows to the region.

According to EAC and Regional Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed, the National Assembly should redirect legislative focus towards harmonizing EAC laws in the context of various domestic laws to ensure they strengthen regional integration efforts.

Speaking during a working retreat with National Assembly Select Committee on Regional Integration, Mohamed noted that the members were serving at a time of great challenge to Kenya’s regional pre-eminence.

“We must guard against the constantly changing regional dynamics in the East and Horn of Africa which greatly impact on strategic regional interests,” said Mohamed.

He urged the legislators to probe the various Bills, Reports and Protocols in the context of emerging regional dynamics.

Lauding East African Community’s  Contribution to Kenya’s export trade, which stands at a 25pc of Kenya’s global trade volumes, he reiterated that Kenya needs to continue pursuing engagements with her neighbors to resolve outstanding issues and protect her economic interests.

“We shall as a Ministry be hosting the private sector next week to distill all the issues and develop a common approach to address them. Shortly after we are going to convene an inter-ministerial session to ensure alignment within Government.”

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