Wednesday January 3 2018

Localise Comesa legal instruments, Uganda urged

By Dorothy Nakaweesi


Uganda and other Common Market for Eastern and Southern African (Comesa) member states have been tasked to domesticate legal instrumental programmes at national level if integration is to be realised as enshrined in the regional treaty.
One of the challenges affecting implementation of the Comesa programmes is the domestication of legal instruments at the national level.
While receiving letters of Credence of the Ugandan High Commissioner to Zambia Richard Tumusiime Kabonero recently, the Comesa secretary general Sindiso Ngwenya, said: “I would like to urge the government of Uganda to ensure that all legal Comesa documents are domesticated in the country.”
Mr Ngwenya further extended the secretariat’s readiness to provide technical assistance to member states to ensure that the domestication of the legal instruments is done.
In his remarks, the in-coming permanent representative to Comesa, Mr Kabonero said Uganda is committed to the integration agenda and shall help realise the integration dream.
Mr Kabonero commended Comesa for implementing various projects in the country as this has uplifted peoples’ living standards through trade facilitation instruments.
“Comesa’s programmes like the One-Stop Border posts are helping our business community to do business in a conducive environment resulting in high profitability,” Ambassador Kabonero said.
Mr Ngwenya commended Uganda for being an influential member of Comesa providing the much-needed support towards achieving regional integration.
He pointed out that Uganda has been actively participating in Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) negotiations as part of the East African Community partner states.
Uganda signed the TFTA Agreement in Sharm El Sheikh and has been encouraged to commence the ratification process.