Free movement of goods, fight against Covid-19 key agenda as EAC leaders meet

Continued free movement of goods and the management of cross-border spread of Covid-19 were top agenda in an East African Community (EAC) Heads of State meeting – By Gerald Gekara

The Heads of State tasked their respective state agencies responsible for health, transport and EAC affairs to roll-out border screening and testing measures especially for truck drivers that do not compromise cross-border movement of goods.

The Heads of State expressed satisfaction with measures taken so far by regional governments in managing Covid-19 and thanked the EAC Secretariat for ensuring the region is able to minimize the spread of the virus while ensuring the uninterrupted movement of goods.

The leaders acknowledged the slowdown caused by the global pandemic on the region’s key economic sectors and urged member states to prioritize local production of supplies to combat Covid-19.

The Heads of State thanked development partners including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) for their continued support to EAC states in combating the virus.

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