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Public Hearings on the EAC One Stop Border Posts Bill, 2012 and the EAC Vehicle Load Control Bill, 2012

6-12 March 2013

Field Coverage

The East African Community (EAC) Treaty mandates the Council of Ministers to initiate and submit Bills to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). In this respect, the Council developed the EAC One Stop Border Posts Bill (OSBP), 2012 with the objective to provide for the establishment and implementation of one stop border posts in the EAC, in order to facilitate trade through the efficient movement of goods and people within the Community. Furthermore, the Council developed the EAC Vehicle Load Control (VLC) Bill, 2012, with the objective to make provision for the control of vehicle loads, harmonised enforcement and to make institutional arrangements for the Regional Trunk Road Network within the Community. In December 2012, the Council referred both Bills to EALA for consideration and ultimately passing. As part of the legislative process, the Assembly referred the Bills to its Committee on Communication, Trade and Investment for consideration. The CTI Committee then decided to hold consultative public hearings in all capitals of the EAC Partner States, so as to involve a broad range of stakeholders in the legislative process by getting their inputs on the OSBP Bill and the VLC Bill. The stakeholders consulted included: the EAC Secretariat, Ministries of EAC Affairs, Ministries of Trade, Ministries of Infrastructure and Transport, Roads Authorities, Commercial Truck Drivers Association, Vehicle Inspection Departments, Weights and Measures Agencies, OSBP National Steering Committee, Revenue Authorities, Immigration, Bureau of Standards, Police, Traders. During the public hearings, the Committee members gathered public opinions, views and inputs; developed a better understanding of the likely opportunities, challenges and impact associated with the Bills; and came up with relevant observations and recommendations that were presented in a report. In addition, the CTI Committee proposed amendments to facilitate an effective implementation of the OSBP Bill and the VLC Bill in the EAC Partner States.