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Uganda representation to the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) Board In February 2012

Monday 1st October 2012

Mr. V.Vadera Chairman of UTA was nominated to
the EATTA Board replacing Mr. John Prinsloo who represented Uganda on the Board for several
years.

EATTA Strategic Plan 2012-2016

Monday 1st October 2012

EATTA developed a
Strategic Review Plan Framework indicating the needed structural changes to
benefit the 175 members of EATTA. During the year 2012 the document was
circulated to all members calling for their comments on the proposed way
forward.

The plan focused on
the following six themes:

  1. Tea auction management.
  2. Advocacy, lobbying and legislative
    issues.
  3.  Membership focus.
  4. Resource mobilization. 
  5.  Human resources.
  6. Governance
    and structure.

The theme that attracted wide attention
among the Uganda
Tea Association (UTA) members was the tea auction management.

After wide consultation, the vast
majority of UTA members rejected the introduction of the e-auction system at Mombasa auction market
giving some of the reasons against the system as:

  • A not so well developed
    IT system in the country
  • Continuously power
    blackouts
  • Likely
    loss of negotiation advantage of face to face etc

EAST AFRICAN TEA TRADE ASSOCIATION (EATTA) BOARD VISIT

Monday 1st October 2012

The EATTA
Board and some EATTA members based in Mombasa,
visited Uganda
from 24th to 26th November 2011.

They
included eleven (11) Board members, two (2) EATTA Management and nine (9) Tea
Brokers and Buyers

During
the Board’s stay in the country, it held its Annual General Meeting at the Golf
Course Hotel; met the Hon, Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and
Fisheries, Hon. Tress Buchanayandi; and also members of the Uganda Tea
Association.

The above
was a rare opportunity for Uganda
since all EATTA Board meetings take place in Kenya.  The Uganda Producers raised to the Board a
number of concerns that included:

  • The case of bond
    requirements for non-Kenya teas
  • The issue of inadequate
    representation of
    Uganda
    to the EATTA Board and
  • The long standing KEPHIS
    charge at Malaba Border which to us is an NTB.

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