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.