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Tanzania: Call for Elimination of Non-Tariff BarriersFriday, March 20, 2015 > 09:47:17
CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has called for urgent measures to contain non-tariff barriers at border posts to facilitate trade between Tanzania and other countries.
CCM Secretary General, Mr Abdulrahman Kinana, made the call on Wednesday when addressing a public rally at Eworendeke village, Namanga ward, in Longido District in Arusha Region.
"Non-tariff barriers in Tanzania are the main factor which impede traders in Tanzania; we should do away with them," he said, adding that many traders wasted time at border posts due to bureaucracy, which scared away foreign traders from conducting business in Tanzania.
He pointed out that in Tanzania traders were wasting plenty of time at border posts due to bureaucracy unlike in other countries. He said reining in non-tariff barriers would ease conducting of business and increase economic development at the borders.
In another development, Mr Kinana called for immigration offices at border posts to put in place a system under which people could acquire temporary passports.
He made the call following complaints from residents at the Namanga border post who called for government intervention to help them access temporary permits.
"For us to acquire a temporary passport we have to go to Arusha, a move that takes a lot of time and wastes resources," said a resident, adding that the move was unlike their counterparts in Kenya who acquire passports at border posts.
According to Mr Kinana, offering of such a service by the immigration office would help ease the movement of people from one country to another whenever necessary.