The government has said that it is well prepared to overcome the challenges which may arise under the East African Common Market if the agreement is signed this year. East African Cooperation deputy minister Mohamed Abood gave the remarks here on Tuesday when he met with stakeholders including businesspeople, religious leaders, politicians and some financial institutions. He said the approval of the custom union by member countries has led to great achievements including increase of local revenue collection and investment. Abood however allayed fears voiced by many Tanzanians about losing their land and employment, saying the government has taken all precautionary measures to contain the situation. The government is taking all possible precautionary measures before the agreement is signed our country also has experience through the Union between the Mainland and Zanzibar, the minister said. He said if things go smoothly the agreement for the common market will be signed in November this year by the heads of state and taken to the national assemblies of the respective countries on January next year for approval. Abood said that, the government through his ministry has set aside funds for educating people about the responsibilities of his ministry.He however said that common market was crucial for the achievement of economic growth and poverty reduction goals. SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN Statements shows that our fears are justified, we are selling our selves to Kenya at a throw away price. I have not seen any measures taking by the government to prepare the country for common market challenges.