February 29, 2024

EAC states should not compete against each other, says Museveni 

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President Museveni says instead of competing against each other, EAC partner states should diversify in areas where they have competitive advantage

President Museveni has asked East Africa Community (EAC) partner states to concentrate on areas where they have a competitive advantage instead of using taxes or non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to protect themselves against competition. 

Speaking during a retreat on the EAC Common Market in Arusha, Tanzania on July 20, President Museveni said that EAC partner states were competing to sell the same products instead of diversifying to give due advantage to the best or largest producer.

“Policy can make things fail. For instance, a country like Uganda easily produce enough food such as maize, milk and sugar, but we don’t produce a lot of rice like Tanzania does,” he said, noting that it was better for Uganda to import rice from Tanzania because it is better placed to produce more and efficiently than Uganda, instead of levying taxes on rice ostensibly to protect Ugandan rice growers.

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