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Africa & Middle East

Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Africa and the Middle East.


Qatar, Tunisia discuss signing free trade agreement
The two countries aim to increase the volume of trade exchange and diversify it by signing a free trade agreement.
Greenpeace Africa petitions CS on plastic deal in Kenya–US trade talks
The Kenyan Trade Cabinet received a 20,000–strong petition calling on her to take a strong stand against any influence by the American Chemistry Council, which Greenpeace said is keen to secure market for the US plastic industry.
Update: Kenya - US free trade agreement
The talks have moved into the second round. Kenya has prepared text for 13 chapters.
Bad times for ECOWAS
Côte d’Ivoire has hastily signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the UK, which is modelled on the interim EPA the country signed with the European Union.
The UK-SACUM economic partnership agreement
In the SACUM-UK EPA, commitments on tariffs for both the UK and SACUM have been transitioned from the SADC-EU EPA without changes.
Rethinking trade: Kenya and the environment
So-called “trade agreements” such as the US-Kenya trade deal have nothing to do with trade. But rather they impose new limits on government regulatory authority.
US seeks to stop Kenya’s digital taxation plans in FTA deal
Kenya’s plans to tax digital services could hit a brick wall following its negotiations for a free trade deal with the US.
East African partners throw Kenya under the bus in Brexit talks
Meetings called to negotiate a collective trade agreement between the EAC and the United Kingdom have failed to make any substantive progress.
Kenya offers EAC partners seat in UK trade deal talks
Kenya has welcomed its neighbours in negotiating fora post-Brexit trade deal with the UK for a duty and quota-free market.
US tells Kenya to publicly support Israel or forget free trade deal
The US indicates that the deal with Kenya should, with respect to commercial partnerships, discourage actions that prejudice or discourage business between the US and Israel.

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  • African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) legal texts and policy documents
    Tralac’s page on the African Continental Free Trade Area
  • SEATINI Uganda
    The Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is a regional non-governmental organization founded in 1996 soon after the WTO Singapore Ministerial Conference — mainly focusing on WTO, but also bilateral and regional trade negotiations in Africa.
  • SEATINI Zimbabwe
    The Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is an African initiative to strengthen Africa’s capacity to take a more effective part in the emerging global trading system and to better manage the process of globalization.