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East African Community


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.
Africa’s tripartite free trade area to be operational in early 2020: COMESA
The TFTA will also be a building bloc for the African Continental Free Trade Area, COMESA official said.
Trade impasse as EU seeks deal with entire EAC bloc
The EAC negotiated and concluded a bilateral trade agreement with the EU as a bloc, and it must remain as such, say sources at the European Commission.
Rwanda ratifies Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement
Members of the Lower House approved the agreement establishing a Tripartite Free Trade Area among the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the East African Community, and the Southern African Development Community.
What next after the coming into force of African Free Trade Area
The African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) will be launched on 7 July 2019 in Niamey, Niger, by the Heads of State and Government at an extraordinary summit of the African Union.
Tanzania has good reasons not to sign the EPAs, say German Scholar
German scholar Prof Helmut Asche today April 15, said that Tanzania has good reasons not to sign the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union (EU).