The East African Business Council (EABC) is calling for lowering and harmonization of COVID test charges in the region.
Dr. Peter Mutuku Mathuki, the council’s CEO, said this will support businesses to be more resilient and rebound amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The EAC Secretariat should fast track regional coordination and harmonization of measures on COVID-19 for economic resilience and growth of the EAC bloc,” said Dr Mathuki.
Currently, Covid-19 tests are priced differently in each EAC partner state while containment measures are varied.
For instance, Tanzania and Burundi are now charging a standard rate of $100 (Ksh. 10,955) for both nationals and foreigners while charges in other partner states vary.
Dr. Mathuki also called for the establishment of a common quarantine period in the region and fast-tracking of the waiting time for Covid-19 test results.
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