Akena Ask Uganda -Kenya to Resolve Trade Disputes Through Dialogue

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Of late, Uganda and Kenya have had on and off-trade sanctions. Initially, it was with sugarcane, maize, beans, milk, and milk products and now poultry and poultry products.

It’s upon this basis that Uganda People’s Congress party President Jimmy Akena has urged the two governments of Uganda and Kenya to resort to dialogue and have the trade disputes settled

This kind of standoff between member states according to Akena does not reflect on the overall spirit of the East Africa Community (EAC) integration and that it affects both the economy and the farmers thus urging the government to stage effective talks to resolve the matter.
This comes at a time when Kenya has lifted the ban on Uganda’s poultry products following Frank Tumwebaze, the Agriculture Minister’s meeting in Nairobi yesterday.

UPC calls for dialogue and constructive engagements among member states to resolve the prevailing issues,” Akena said.

He further urged all stakeholders to be ambitious to find alternative markets and market the country’s products noting that this should go a long way with improving the quality of our finished products.

Meanwhile, following the recent strike of health personnel, Akena called on the government to effectively address the welfare of public servants if effective service is to be intensified at all levels.

I applaud both the Uganda Medical Association and Government for choosing dialogue to solve the issues at hand. It is our hope that their engagements will restore sanity in the health sector,” he said.

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