The Tripartite Free Trade Area (FTA) by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be launched in mid-December, 2014.
Three of Africa’s regional economic communities have agreed to launch the long-awaited Tripartite Free Trade Area at a joint summit of leaders from the regional groups scheduled for December in Egypt, APA learnt here Monday.
The issues that had remained in contention until last week are critical for Kenya and EAC’s future development, but we capitulated.
Negotiators from the EU and the East African Community finalised today a new comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between both regions.
The EU-EAC Economic Partnership Agreement was signed in Brussels on Tuesday but must still be ratified by the five members of the East African Community – Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi – and by the European Parliament.
Political blockages in the trade talks between the East African Community and the EU continue.
"The EAC and the EU will set a new date to finalize the trade talks," an EU official told a news conference in Nairobi on Friday.
East African states are yet to strike a trade deal on the Economic Partnership Agreement after the European Union said the proposals made by the council of ministers were inadequate.
ECDPM has released a ‘Frequently asked questions’ guide to the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) between the EU and Africa.
Flower farms in Naivasha are now warning of mass relocation to either Ethiopia or Tanzania in the wake of the collapse of Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) talks.
The East African Community’s last-minute efforts to have negotiations of the contentious Economic Partnership Agreement concluded before today’s deadline were dealt a huge blow after European Union delegates failed to turn up for a decisive meeting in Nairobi last week.
Kenya’s push for an expeditious agreement between the East African Community and the European Commission over the long dragging trade negotiations suffered a major blow as nothing had been signed by yesterday.
An EAC delegation is in Brussels for three days of negotiations with the EU over the finalisation of the draft EPA deal that was agreed on by Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi on Saturday.
East Africa is under pressure to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement with Europe by the end of September. NTV reports.
The East African Community (EAC) has reached a common position on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which it intends to sign with the European Union.
East African Community (EAC) states and the European Union (EU) have reached a new deal in protracted negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).
While the EU boss in Uganda is quick to point out that the date is neither an ultimatum nor a deadline, come Oct. 01 the EU will withdraw its free market access to countries like Uganda that have not yet ratified an Economic Partnership Agreement.
Kenya Human Rights Commission and others demand extension of September 30 deadline to sign the pending trade deal between the East African Community and EU on the grounds that failure to reach agreement will hurt half a million horticultural workers, mostly women.
With the East African Community under pressure to sign the Economic Partnership agreement with Europe, pressure is emerging from elsewhere: the US. Civil society warn of the dangers.
A senior Kenyan Government officer who wished not to be named confirmed that Tanzania has been dragging its feet in embracing the new EU trade deal. “This might prompt Kenya to sign the agreement alone," he said.