Since 2012, EASSI has worked closely with the Women Cross Border Traders, across the EAC countries. This was to enable them understand and exploit the opportunities offered by the EAC integration process. Specifically the Customs Union and Common Market Protocols.
Unfortunately, the women traders are still challenged in their understanding of the tax administration system. Majority have remained in the informal sector, failing to reap the benefits of regional integration. An Action Research conducted by EASSI in 2012, further revealed that Women Cross Border Traders (WCBTs) faced several challenges, including the lack of information on cross border regulations and procedures, lack of trade information especially on markets, competition from big companies, high taxes, exploitation, delays at borders, and sexual harassment among others.
With support from Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA), EASSI initiated a two year (2019-2020) project titled “Unveiling the intricacies of Taxation in International Trade that inhibit women’s engagement in formal cross border trade. The project was implemented at the borders of Malaba (Kenya/Uganda), Busia (Kenya/Uganda); Namanga (Kenya/Tanzania), Nimule (Uganda/South Sudan), Mutukula (Uganda/Tanzania) and Katuna (Uganda/Rwanda).
The overall objective of the project is to contribute towards the attainment of an improved gender-positive trade environment within the EAC, border cooperation, reduced border conflicts and increased recognition of women as contributors to economic development.
Project Donor: The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)
Project Implementer: The Eastern African Sub Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI)
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