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East Africa Trade
  • Kenya’s President William Ruto says the free movement was necessary for sustainable growth in the Horn of Africa.
  • Dr Ruto calls on member states in the region to eliminate national boundaries that are chocking growth.
  •  EAC Secretary General Peter Mathuki notes EAC can address challenges in advancing movement of goods and labour.

Barriers to free movement of goods and people are chocking East Africa’s regional integration. To unlock the bloc’s trade potential, Kenya’s President William Ruto is calling in the East African Community (EAC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to remove barriers to free movement. Dr Ruto urges that free movement of people, goods and services can significantly enhance East Africa’s regional integration.

The Kenyan President notes the free flow of goods and capital was necessary for sustainable growth across East Africa.

The President is now challenging regional member states to eliminate national boundaries that have since become …

Pregnant girl.

Studies indicate that girls marrying or dropping out of school early are more likely to have poor health, bear more children over their lifetime and earn less in adulthood. Ending early child marriage according to a report (The cost of not investing in girls: Child marriage, early childbearing, low educational attainment for girls, and their impacts in Uganda), could generate up to US$2.7 billion in annual benefits (in purchasing power parity terms)which includes lower population, among others.

Moreover, it would contribute to increased earnings for women today had they been able to avoid early marriage, say, in 2015.

Instead, up to US$500 million is lost. The loss according to the report is due to risks associated with early marriage and childbirth such as under-five mortality and stunting for young children. Moreover, with a lower population, governments could invest resources to improve the quality of the services provided, instead of squeezing …