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President receives EALA Speaker

Tuesday, 16th August 2016
President Yoweri Museveni has challenged the East African Community (EAC) member states to consider exporting quality agro-processed products manufactured in the region to the European Union (EU) and to the United States of America markets.
The President, therefore, suggested that products with value addition like textiles, leather, milk, wood, cooking oil products and processed coffee can have a steady strategic market abroad.
Mr. Museveni was yesterday holding a meeting with the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Rt. Hon. Dan Kidega, who called at State House, Entebbe.
The President further noted that to have a competitive marketing strategy, the European Union should remove subsidies on agricultural machines while the region moves to cut labour costs in order to regulate prices of products from both areas.
“Africa will benefit much more if subsidies on agriculture inputs are removed to have a break through on agro-processed products’ exports,” he said.
Mr. Museveni commended the work and progress of the East African Legislative Assembly as regards regional integration that he emphasized, should aim at equal treatment of all pattern states.
The EALA Speaker, Rt. Hon. Dan Kidega, said the Assembly sessions have addressed issues like sensitizing the population on gender, critical economic- political federation matters and the common market. He added the Assembly is progressing very well. He stressed the need for more political guidance to political actors to ensure that there is a realization of clear direction. ENDS