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East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 8th September, 2020: The East Africa Community Secretariat and its Partner States will hold a virtual event to officially mark the roll out of the Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System (RECDTS) from Malaba/Malaba the border between Uganda and Kenya and Mirama Hills / Kagitumba, the border between Uganda and Rwanda, today Tuesday 8th September, 2020 at 2PM.
The tracking system provides a surveillance system to monitor long distance trucker’s crew and enable contact tracing. It allows Partner States to electronically share truck drivers’ COVID-19 test results; therefore, minimizing need for multiple COVID-19 tests in a single trip.
Speaking ahead of the virtual launch, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sector, Hon Christophe Bazivamo said RECDTS is expected to support health related protocols and facilitate safe trade in the region.
The reliance on manual certificates and delayed test results at the borders has been the main reasons for long delays at border points”. The tracking system is expected to be used in all Partner States and will eventually be extended to EAC neighbouring countries, particularly Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) added, Hon Bazivamo
The launch of a regional electronic cargo and driver tracking system which had been slated to take place mid last month and later postponed was launched virtually on Tuesday, September 8.
It is one of the measures introduced by the East African Community to prevent further spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in the region.
The virtual rollout of the East Africa Community Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System (RECDTS) was broadcast live from the Malaba-Malaba border crossing point between Uganda and Kenya and the Mirama Hills-Kagitumba border crossing point between Uganda and Rwanda.
During the event, officials linked and transmitted a real-time demonstration of driver registration and verification of EAC digital certificate at the borders.