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Thursday, 04 September 2014

East Africa: Tanzania Pledges to Address Corridor Barriers

RWANDA long-haul truck drivers have expressed optimism after the Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe pledged Tanzania's commitment to removing all bottlenecks along the Central Corridor.

The Central Corridor connects Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and DR Congo to the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The drivers have persistently complained of several non-tariff barriers that include roadblocks, weighbridges, corruption and theft that have hindered free movement of labour and goods along the corridor.

"We discussed various issues and he assured us that if any Rwandan transporter faces any challenge along the way, they should report to him directly," one of the driver, Issa Mugarura said.

Mugarura, a truck driver and the vice-president of Rwanda Long Distance Drivers Union (ACPLRWA), said the meeting was aimed at addressing challenges faced by Rwandan transporters.

He is optimistic that the Tanzanian government would do something to address the problem. "Central Corridor is the shorter route but drivers were turning to the Northern Corridor because of insecurity and other trade barriers.

But since the Tanzania government has pledged to address the issues, I think we can expect improvement," Mugarura said. Dr Mwakyembe, who was in Kigali for the Central Corridor Transit Transportation Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) meeting, said plans were underway to eliminate all trade barriers along the corridor.

Source: allafrica.com