DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on
Saturday the cost of doing business among East African countries
was high because of cross-border restrictions.
“The aim of having
the East African Community (EAC) should be about easing
business,” Magufuli said at the inauguration of a One Stop
Border Post (OSBP) at the Tanzania-Kenya border in Namanga in
said the newly inaugurated border post will enable people in EAC
member states of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and
South Sudan to benefit from doing business without facing
restrictions when they wished to cross the Namanga border.
The inauguration of
the OSBP was also attended by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Magufuli said since
the border post started operating, revenue collection on the
side of Tanzania has increased from 3 billion Tanzanian
shillings (about 1.3 million U.S. dollars) to 4.5 billion
Kenyatta and I have been friends and we will keep cooperating
with each other to ensure our people are empowered and benefit
from doing business without facing obstacles,” said Magufuli.
For his part,
President Kenyatta said efforts to boost economies in the region
should not only target large-scale business people, but also
Kenyatta called on
government executives to avoid being obstacles to small-scale