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African ministers agree on roadmap to enforce import tax

Cargo at a Kenya Ports Authority yard in Mombasa: The 0.2 per cent levy on imports is aimed at raising funds for AU troop operations. PHOTO | FILE
Cargo at a Kenya Ports Authority yard in Mombasa: The 0.2 per cent levy on imports is aimed at raising funds for AU troop operations. PHOTO | FILE 

African ministers of finance have agreed on a roadmap for implementing a 0.2 per cent import levy to fund the African Union (AU), the AU said in a statement yesterday.

The two-day ministers conference at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa concluded last week, with a general consensus on the need to speedily implement financing of the regional body by 2017, according to the statement.

The consensus reflects several outcomes of the decision of the 27th AU summit in Kigali this year - to impose a 0.2 per cent levy on eligible imports for all members' states to finance the AU.

The ministers adopted the guidelines on the modalities of implementing the levy to provide reliable and predictable funding for the operational budget of the AU, the Programme and Peace Support Operations budgets, it said.

"It cannot be a better time to implement the 0.2 levy now that the AU is spearheading Agenda 2063 and its 10-year flagship projects. The import levy will help generate funds for reliable, sustainable and predictable financing of the Union's activities," said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission.

The ministers have also agreed on the need to reduce dependency on partner funds for implementation of continental development and integration programmes.

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