EABC urges digitalization of value chains to boost competitiveness of East Africa

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NAIROBI, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The East African Business Council (EABC), a regional apex body of the private sector on Thursday called for the digitalization of the logistics value chains in order to boost the competitiveness of the economic bloc.

Nick Nesbitt, chairman of the EABC, said that digitalization will enable the trading bloc to expand exports in light of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The adoption of digital technologies to automate the EAC shipping, transport and logistic industry will reduce the cost of doing business, improve export competitiveness and ease the movement of cargo from the ports to trucks to clients," Nesbitt said in a statement issued in Nairobi. EAC members include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan.

Nesbitt, who was speaking during the East African maritime leaders roundtable, said that traffic congestion, delays, complex freight clearance procedures, inadequate storage and berthing facilities are among the challenges facing East Africa's transport corridors. Enditem

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