EAC lawmakers urged enactment of laws on free movement of goods, people

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has been asked to speed legislation aimed at removing existing barriers on free movement of goods and peoples across member States.

By Simon Deng

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has been asked to speed legislation aimed at removing existing barriers on free movement of goods and peoples across member States.

The President of the East African Civil Society Organizations Forum, Edmund Yakani said they held meeting with lawmakers from the regional parliament on Tuesday, where they discussed ways to lifting non-tariff barriers to trade and movement of people across the member states.

“We had an opportunity to interact with members of the East African Legislative Assembly to discuss issues related to free movement of people, goods, and human rights and good governance in the region,” said Yakani in a statement issued at the closing of the four-day summit of the East African Civil Society Organizations Forum in Nairobi.

“We also discussed the issue of non-tariff barriers to be lifted to help our citizens’ trade among themselves, and we have called upon our lawmakers in the East African Legislative Assembly, and our ministers of East African Affairs to ensure that EAC decisions are conform to the interests of the citizens,” he added.

Yakani revealed that the summit of the East Africa Civil Society Organizations Forum focused on governance, digital rights, climate change, and food security with the aim of harnessing potentials of the East African citizens.

 The forum called on the heads of state and governments in the region to allow civil society to operate freely without restrictions, intimidation and muzzling from state agencies.

“We have agreed with the members of the East African Legislative Assembly, that there is a necessity to enact legislation for civil society in East Africa to unify the civic space so that civil society contributes in genuine towards integration of the citizens,” Yakani said.

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