The East Africa Community (EAC) Secretariat and its Partner States are set to roll out of the Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System (RECDTS) from Malaba, the border between Uganda and Kenya and Mirama Hills, the border between Uganda and Rwanda.

The tracking system provides a surveillance system to monitor long distance trucker’s crew and enable contact tracing. It allows Partner States to electronically share truck drivers’ COVID-19 test results; therefore, minimizing the need for multiple COVID-19 tests in a single trip.

Speaking ahead of the virtual launch, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sector, Christophe Bazivamo said RECDTS is expected to support health related protocols and facilitate safe trade in the region.

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“The reliance on manual certificates and delayed test results at the borders has been the main reasons for long delays at border points”. The tracking system is expected to be used in all Partner States and will eventually be extended to EAC neighbouring countries, particularly Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) added, Bazivamo.

He disclosed that the European Ambassador to Kenya Simon Mordue is expected to be the guest speaker during the launch of the Tracking System.

A real time live demonstration of driver registration and verification of EAC digital certificate at the borders will be transmitted live from the Malaba and Mirama Hills borders.

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