The COVID-19 Business Info Hub has identified information on programs that are supporting continuity of trade and business supply chains in East Africa, which have been significantly affected by the pandemic. Here is what you need to know about what TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is doing.

 

About TradeMark East Africa and their Safe Trade program

Alarmed by the decline of trade in Eastern Africa and resulting jobs and export losses due to COVID-19, many governments in the region have mounted special efforts to keep trade safely running along the main transport corridors.

TMEA has created a US$20 million (shs 72 billion) Safe Trade Emergency Facility (STEF) to support governments to undertake critical measures along transport and trade routes that will ensure trade continues safely while protecting livelihoods. The programme will support trade continuing safely and unhindered and protect the health of traders, trade officials and transport operators. The emergency programme combines short to medium-term interventions that are critical for resumption of economic activity, food security and social stability, jobs, and economic recovery.

 

What are the areas of focus of the Safe Trade Emergency Facility (STEF)? What specific measures are to be implemented?

 STEF is focusing on  making ports, borders and critical supply chains safe for trade through supply of adequate critical protective equipment, making available quarantine facilities and health offices at key borders, and extending the Regional Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) to track movement of trucks not covered. The program also focuses on ensuring food security and access to critically required medicines by introducing rapid inspection and clearance of goods and by providing safety and hygiene measures for informal sector traders. Additional measures will be implemented to reduce jobs losses and support exports; these include working with trader associations to support MSMEs in rebuilding trading capabilities, engaging humanitarian organizations to support vulnerable border communities, and supporting quick tackling of Standards and Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary trade related issues for faster settlement.

 

What other initiatives are in place to protect women in cross border trade as we await reopening of borders?

 TMEA and the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Women Traders Trade Facilitation Framework, which seeks to address challenges faced by women traders at the borders such as lack of information and understanding around processes and procedures. TMEA and URA will work together to clarify clearance processes and procedures for women traders and build a better business environment for them. The partners have advised women in cross border trade to join well-governed cross-border trade associations, SACCOs, cooperatives and registered groups to benefit from government-sponsored COVID-19 relief funds and to use formal routes to convey their goods. More information on the MOU can be found here: https://www.trademarkea.com/news/ura-and-tmea-sign-deal-to-support-ugandan-women-traders/.

 

Other Program Information and Contact Details to TradeMark East Africa

 STEF programme reach: Burundi, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somaliland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Spotlight on corridors: Northern and Central as well as selected corridors in Horn of Africa, Malawi and Zambia.

Funded by: Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, Netherlands, United Kingdom

 

Contact Details:

Safe Trade Emergency Facility: website https://www.trademarkea.com/safetrade/

TradeMark East Africa (Uganda): 3rd Floor, Course View Towers Plot 21, Yusuf Lule Road

P.O. Box 25820 Kampala, Uganda Tell: +256 312 223 400 Email: info@trademarkea.com  website: https://www.trademarkea.com/uganda/

Engeri ekibiina ki TradeMark East Africa gye kitumbulamu eby’obusuubuzi mu ngeri etalina bulabe wamu n’okuwagira abakyala abenyigira mu by’obusuubuzi ebirimu okusala ensalo.

Omukutu gwa Covid-19 Business Info Hub guzudde amawulire ku nteekateeka ezikolebwa okusobozesa eby’obusuubuzi okusigala nga bigenda mu maaso mu buvanjuba bwa Africa; wadde nga bikoseddwa bya nsusso ekirwadde kya Covid. Bino bye weetaaga okumanya kw’ebyo TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) by’ekola.

 

Ebikwata ku TradeMark East Africa n’enteekateeka yaabwe ey’eby’obusuubuzi ebitaliimu bulabe (Safe Trade program)

Gavumenti z’omukitundu ky’obuvanjuba bwa Africa zaafunamu okutya oluvannyuma lw’okukizuula nti eby’obusuubuzi mu kitundu biserebye nnyo era abantu bangi bafiiriddwa emirimu olw’ekirwadde kya ssennyiga omukambwe. Bwe zityo zaasalawo okuyiiya engeri ez’enjawulo okusobola okukakasa nti eby’obusuubuzi okuyita mu mikutu gy’entambula emikulu bisigala bitambula mu ngeri etalina bulabe.

TMEA yateekawo obukadde 20 obwa doola za America (UGX. Obuwumbi 72) mu nkola ey’obudduukirize obw’embagirawo mu by’obusuubuzi – Safe Trade Emergency Facility (STEF) okusobola okuyambako gavumenti zino okukakasa nti eby’entambula n’amakubo g’eby’obusuubuzi biddukanyizibwa mu ngeri ey’obwegendereza obw’ekitalo kibisobozese okusigala nga bigenda mu maaso olwo abantu basobole okufuna ekigulira magala eddiba.

Enteekateeka eno egenda kuyamba eby’obusuubuzi okusigala nga bitambula mu ngeri etalina bulabe wamu n’okukuuma obulamu bw’abasuubuzi, abavunaanyizibwa ku by’obusuubuzi n’abakola mu by’entambula. Enteekateeka eno egattira wamu ebintu byonna ebikolebwa okutwala mu maaso eby’enfuna, okukakasa nti abantu balina emmere, okutebenkeza obulamu bw’abantu obwa bulijjo, emirimi wamu n’okubbulula eby’enfuna

 

Bintu ki Safe Trade Emergency Facility by’esinze okuteekako essira? Biki bye nnyini ebigenda okuteekebwa mu nkola?

 STEF essira eritadde mu kukakasa nti emyalo, ensalo z’amawanga wamu n’amakubo  agayitibwamu okusaasaanya eby’amaguzi tebirina bulabe bwonna eri abasuubuzi. Kino ekikoze ng’eyita mu kuteekawo eby’okwekuumisa ebimala, ebifo awakuumira abo abaawuliddwa ku balala (kalantini) okuteeka offisi z’eby’obulamu ku nsalo ez’enkizo, wamu n’okussaawo enkola y’okulondoola eby’amaguzi mu kitundu (Regional Cargo Tracking System – RECTS) okusobola okulondoola emmotoka zi ‘Tuleera’ eziba zitekenneenyezeddwa.

Mu nteekateeka eno era bafaayo nnyo okulaba ng’abantu balina emmere, basobola okufuna eddagala eryetaagisa nga kino kikoleddwa nga batandisewo enkola y’okukebera era n’okuyisaawo eby’amaguzi amangu wamu n’okutumbula eby’obuyonjo mu basuubuzi ba nneekolera gyange.

Waliwo ebintu ebirala bingi ebijja okussibwa mu nkola okusobola okukendeeza ku kufiirwa emirimu n’okutumbula ebitundibwa ebweru w’eggwanga; bino bizingiramu; okukolagana n’ebibiina by’abasuubuzi ebirala okusobola okuyamba amakolero n’eby’obusuubuzi ebitonono (SMEs) okuddamu okwezimba nate, okukolera awamu n’ebibiina ebirumirirwa embeera z’abantu (humanitarian organizations) okusobola okuyamba abantu abali ku bwerende naddala ababeera ku nsalo z’amawanga wamu n’okuyamba mu kukwasaganya omutindo gw’eby’obuyonjo.

 

Biki ebirala ebissiddwawo okukuuma abakyala abenyigira mu by’obusuubuzi ebirimu okusala ensalo nga bwe tulindirira ensalo zino okuddamu okuggulwawo?

TMEA wamu n’ekitongole ekivunaanyizibwa ku misolo mu ggwanga (Uganda Revenue Authority – URA) bassa omukono ku ndagaano y’okutegeeragana ku nkola y’okuyambamu abakyala abasuubuzi gye baayita Women Traders Trade Facilitation Network. Nga bayita mu nkola eno baagala bayambeko abakyala abasuubuzi okuvvuunuka okusoomozebwa kwe bayitamu ku nsalo z’amawanga okugeza obutamanya wamu n’okubeera ng’emitendera egiyitibwamu okusuubula mu mawanga amalala tebagitegeera bulungi.

TMEA ne URA bagenda kukolera wamu okunnyonnyola abakyala bano emitendera gyonna egiyitibwamu okusobola okuyisaawo ebintu byabwe olwo  embeera y’obusuubuzi ebatambulire bulungi.

Bwe batyo bawadde abakyala bano amagezi okwegatta ku bibiina ebigatta abasuubuzi ku nsalo ebiddukanyizibwa obulungi, zi SACCO n’ebibiina by’obwegassi ebirala basobole okubeera nga baganyulwa mu ssente gavumenti ze yateekawo okuyambako abasuubuzi mu kaseera ka ssennyiga omukambwe wamu n’okuyita mu makubo amatuufu nga batambuza eby’amaguzi byabwe.  Okumanya ebisingawo ku ndagaano eno kyalira omukutu guno; https://www.trademarkea.com/news/ura-and-tmea-sign-deal-to-support-ugandan-women-traders/.

 

Amawulire amalala agakwata ku nteekateeka ya TradeMark East Africa batuukirire mu mawanga gano;

Burundi, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somaliland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda ne Zambia.

Ebitundu ebisimbiddwako essira; Amambuka, Amasekkati, amakubo aganokoddwayo mu Bukiika kkono bwa Africa, Malawi ne Zambia.

Amawanga agataddemu ssente ge gano; Canada, Denmark, Omukago gwa Bulaaya (European Union), Finland, Netherlands, United Kingdom.

Endagiriro;

Safe Trade Emergency Facility: website https://www.trademarkea.com/safetrade/

TradeMark East Africa (Uganda): 3rd Floor, Course View Towers Plot 21, Yusuf Lule Road

P.O. Box 25820 Kampala, Uganda

Essimu: +256 312 223 400 Email: info@trademarkea.com

website: https://www.trademarkea.com/uganda/