East African sector calls for regional market laws

East African sector calls for  regional market laws
Published: 08 April 2011

Unresolved provisions of the East African Community (EAC) common market protocol are rendering it difficult for the Ugandan cement industry to compete with sister industries of member states, writes the New Vision Uganda.

The local cement industry petitioned law makers in the EAC to ensure that the common market protocol is implemented so that member states operate under similar laws to ensure fair competition. 

Tororo Cement managing director BM Gagran presented the petition to the executive director of the Uganda Manufacturing Association, Kigozi Ssebbagala, in a meeting at Tororo Cement industry recently. 

“The loyalties we remit to the Government are more than three times our counterparts pay,” Gagran stated. “This explains why cement imported from Kenya is cheaper than that produced locally.”