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Delegates support second phase of building regional border posts

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Delegates at the 15th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (TCM) have agreed on the proposal to develop Phase II of the One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) as well as the need to fast track the implementation of Vehicle Load Control and OSBPs Acts.

According to the latest press release, in an effort to further enhance the sub-sector in the region, the delegates sitting in Arusha, Tanzania recently also approved the EAC Railway Enhancement Study report and the EAC Postal Strategy.

In his remarks, Aggrey Bagiire, Uganda’s Minister of State for Works and Transport said there was need to make headway on air transport services liberalization and the EAC roaming framework.

the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, Eng. Steven Mlote, said there were considerable developments that are being registered in the infrastructure subsector in the region including the fast pace in the development of multinational roads, the rapid expansion of airports and national airlines, the on-going development of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) on the Northern and Central corridors, the expansion of seaports, as well as the increase in mobile penetration and related mobile services.

“The EAC Heads of State, during the Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development held on 22nd February 2018, approved 286 projects including 17 flagship projects for championship at the Heads of State Level, whose total investment requirement amounts to US$ 79 billion,” Mlote said.

Eng. Mlote further emphasized that political support and leadership by the Ministers responsible for infrastructure sectors was a critical factor for successful implementation of the identified regional priority projects.

The meeting discussed various projects and programmes under the Infrastructure sub-sectors – roads, railway, civil aviation and airports, maritime transport, meteorology and communication.

The meeting was attended by ministers Permanent and Principal Secretaries and senior officials of the EAC Partner States responsible for infrastructure sectors, Civil Aviation Safety and Security Agency (CASSOA), the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and the EAC Secretariat. Also in attendance as observers were representatives from the East African Communications Organizations (EACO), Trademark East Africa (TMEA), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).

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