COVID-19 Impacts Cross Border Traders in East Africa

COVID-19 Impacts Cross Border Traders in East Africa

 Highlights the implications of COVID-19 on small scale cross-border trading in Kenya and Uganda. They find that Kenya-Uganda border restrictions are also reducing the work of informal border traders. This will have a knock on effect on the Ugandan economy, where informal trade accounts for 25-40% of intra-regional trade. There is also concern mounting that border delays, which cause drivers to wait and interact with border communities, may be exacerbating the spread of the virus.