Although the benefits of rapidly tracked infrastructure projects are soon going to be enjoyed in the couple of years ahead, when the brand-new highways, railways, pipelines as well as ports are ready are direct, more instant benefits for the individuals in the region a thing that was up to now more difficult to get.
However things are falling into place and advancement has been made on a number of fronts today. Visiting the three, and hopefully by the start of 2015 four of the East African Community member countries when Burundi is likely to join this membership, has been made easier and citizens today can use their national ID cards, and without their voters cards cross the national borders while traveling to on Safari holidays to visit friends or family or while on business.
telecoms companies throughout the three member countries will, beginning 1st November 2014, reduce the regional charges and remove roaming fees, after the preliminary date of 1st October couldn’t be honored because one country first had to scrap particular levies plus taxes prior to the tariffs being aligned. This will inspire of home mobile-phone numbers by regional travelers when traveling across this region and will save people, generally in any case, from buying Sim cards every time they cross the borders in the interest of gaining cheaper tariffs. The regional telecoms companies on the other hand are yet to verify that this will as well apply to use of data services, that in recent times are a large source of revenue, and frequently unbeknown to customers caused serious financial harm to them once the bills finally emerge 2 or 3 months afterwards.
The actual biggest benefit which was publicized this week when the largest network in Africa when it comes to countries plus subscribers – Bharti Airtel, said that they had obtained clearance from the Kenya Central Bank, Bank of Rwanda as well as Bank of Uganda to start cross-border mobile money transfers. the Mobile money transactions from a user’s cell phone, have recently gained great popularity, partly as a counterattack towards the disposition of banks against average people, who had to go through and suffer humiliation and bureaucratic paperwork to create bank accounts, besides the charges imposed on them frequently threatening to remove the little money those people could afford to keep in a bank. currently Mobile money, provided by all leading telecom players within the region, has become the savior for thousands, or millions at this point, enabling them to make payments directly from their cell phone money account and clear school fees, water bills, electricity bills, air plus bus tickets and also now more and more often for fuel from petrol stations or even pay bills at some big shop stores for made purchases. Even so, this is the facility currently being launched of transacting money across these 3 countries that will additional open doors for greater trade plus travel, satisfying the political ambitions and reviving life into the EAC new union. Money stored in the national currency will be transformed into the currency of the state of the recipient, whether it is the Rwandan Franc, Kenya Shilling or the Uganda Shilling, at least until a time that the imagined currency union commences in a couple of years.
Tourism stakeholders in East African were quick to recommend the move, stating that it will additionally support the idea of broadening domestic travel towards regional travel, since account holders of mobile money will be in a position to use the service to pay for the different services when traveling across the regional member countries.
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