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WES: Chamber of Commerce calls for scrapping of roadblocks

By Alex Digi

Western Equatoria State Chamber of Commerce has called on government to step up efforts to reduce numerous unnecessary roadblocks to allow smooth trade activities.

The call came after a team from state Chamber of Commerce led by Chairperson Mr. Lucky Mbakadi traveled to eastern counties of the state to assess the situation of the business in the area.

The secretary of the state chamber of commerce, Mr. Emmanuel Bangbe said traders raised a lot of challenges to them during an assessment visit.

“In our tour, we have collected a lot of challenges facing business in the state. The major challenges are, many roadblocks, high taxes, poor road infrastructure and dollar rates,” Bangbe disclosed.

Bangbe said the other challenge is the road expansion which has affected some shops that fall on the road and also disunity among traders.

“The challenges are many, but we are going to present to the government so that they look at it to reduce some of the things mentioned above to allow traders operate smoothly in the state, because business aims at development,” he added.

The secretary said that the chamber of Commerce has a plan to visit the western counties as well as to collect data and make a comprehensive report to see where there is gap so that it can be addressed.

Efforts to reach the national government for comment were unsuccessful by press time.

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