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Proceed with caution over USA trade deal
Negotiations over a trade agreement between Kenya and the US have resumed. The deal could undermine African common markets and flood Kenya with cheap maize and chicken.
What Kenya is seeking in free trade deal talks with America
Kenya’s need to export value-added agricultural products dominated the first round of talks with America after its formal launch on Wednesday last week.
Ten years of ‘open’ EAC borders show slow but steady run
Limited funding for EAC integration and low public awareness about the Treaty Protocols and their implementation framework are bottlenecks for the 150 million-strong population to exploit opportunities it presents.
Opposition to the proposed US-Kenya free trade agreement
Kenya should abandon or, at the very least, postpone the United States-Kenya Free Trade Agreement negotiations to a later date, civil society groups say in letter to the AfCFTA Secretariat.
More lobbies oppose Kenya, US trade talks
Kenya’s negotiations for a free trade deal with America has received opposition from organisations drawn from across Africa.
Import substitution and the need for well negotiated trade agreements
The Ministry of Trade should ensure that eventual agreements promote Uganda’s aspiration for industrialisation and provide the policy space for government to be able to use a range of trade policy instruments.
Sadc takes over Tripartite economic group leadership
Under market integration, 22 countries out of 28 have now signed the TFTA Agreement, while eight have signed and ratified.
Implementation of the Tripartite FTA agreement now in sight
Namibia is the latest to ratify the TFTA agreement. Seven countries are expected to complete the ratification process before the end of this year paving the way for its implementation.
A note to Kenya on its trade talks with the US: There is strength in numbers
The FTA initiative should be seen in the context of the Trump administration’s determination to pursue bilateral deals to enhance reciprocity and American gains.
Kenya will be in breach of EAC, AfCFTA rules in proposed trade deal with America
Kenya’s proposed free trade deal with the US has put it in the crosshairs as critics say the planned bilateral agreement would be a breach of regional and continental trade protocols.
East Africa: UK seeks trade pact with Rwanda, EAC
The United Kingdom is seeking to enter into a trade pact with the East African Community member countries.
Why Kenya-US trade talks will cause disquiet in EAC
Kenya surrendered its customs space to the bloc in 2005 when it signed its customs union protocol. The rulebook compels member states to negotiate all trade pacts jointly.
Pakistan aims to double trade with Africa in five years
Pakistan is already in touch SACU, ECOWAS and EAC to negotiate trade agreements and also plans to take advantage of the opportunities that exists under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
Trade wars among EAC members cast doubts on summit
Resolving these issues is crucial for EAC’s approach to opportunities from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement as a bloc.
More countries ratify tripartite free trade area agreement
Namibia has become the eighth country to ratify the Tripartite Free Trade Area. Six more countries are required for the agreement to enter into force.
Cabinet approves ratification of Comesa-EAC-Sadc free trade
Cabinet in Zimbabwe has approved the ratification of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).
East African countries turn to neighbours for more trade
EAC’s increased exports to SADC excluding Tanzania was as a result of the increased benefits arising from the membership to the EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite.
AfCFTA phase 1 negotiations: Issues and challenges for Eastern Africa
This study identifies issues and challenges of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), with a focus on East Africa.
EAC locks out duty-free car imports from South Africa
Players in the automobile sectors from the East African Community and the Southern African Customs Union are developing a joint policy to encourage motor vehicle manufacturing that is beneficial to both blocs.
EAC keeps Europe guessing two months to crucial meeting
Two months to the East African Community’s Summit, partner states are keeping the European Union guessing over the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) whose signing stalled in 2016.