The president who was participating in a virtual Africa Union meeting Thursday, where heads of task forces fighting coronavirus in different African countries exchanged views, said that the as EAC,
“We still have problems in addressing coronavirus challenges for which collective action should be sought and implemented to make sure that this problem of the pandemic is squarely defeated.”
He, however, appreciated the current cooperation among the EAC countries in getting together to prevent the spread of coronavirus but emphasized that more needs to be done in strengthening crossborder trade and assuring the health of the Community citizens.
As this month began, the governments of Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda established standard operation procedures in enabling cross-border truck drivers carry out their duties without interruption including pre-cross testing, among other interventions.
Currently, the three countries have established standards and uniform procedures in testing, sharing information and designated parking lots for trucks and drivers in transit, among other actions.
Among other standards agreed upon among the EAC, every truck driver embarking on a cross-border is tested and given a health certificate that he carries along and valid for j14 days.
Some EAC member states including Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan have not yet joined this solidarity of testing and information sharing.