EAC common market still far
27 November 2012, 12:54
Nairobi - Internal legal systems, high work permit fees and bureaucracy continue to hamper the free movement of labour under the East African Community Common Market Protocol (CMP).
According to The Standard, the protocol, which calls for free movement of goods, labour, capital and services in the region came into effect on July 1, 2010 and was to be implemented over a five-year period.
But two years to the expiry of the deadline, border controls, high work permit fees, bureaucracy and unwillingness of EAC partner states to cede their sovereignty have delayed a potential regional market that would improve the livelihoods of more than 130 million people in the five member states.
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