How EU is helping cross-border traders in Busia amidst Covid-19 pandemic

Florence Atieno is among the cross-border traders in Busia/ FACEBOOK/ EU

Florence Atieno is among the cross-border traders in Busia who have been adversely affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

They have lost customers and their revenues have taken a tumble since March, when the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Kenya.

“Right now we don’t have business because of Covid-19. We don’t have stock to sell since we don’t have access to Uganda to bring the stock. We don’t have any business right now,” Atieno told the European Union delegation in Kenya.

Robert Ogola also decried that business has been very low and the prices of commodities have increased while the quality has drastically dropped.

In this regard, TradeMark East Africa is working with the EU in Kenya through the Safe Trade Emergency Facility programme to keep trade going at the border point for people to get the goods, food and medical supplies they need.

The initiative is also working with the private sector to adapt to the new environment, through the production and distribution of PPE and hand sanitizer to the border point workers such as traders, immigration officials and health workers.

TradeMark East Africa has also rolled out an app for truckers, which will allow for electronic Covid-19 certificates, tracking off the trucks for monitoring of the trade corridor efficiency and bottlenecks. It will also help with contact tracing if the need arises.

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