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Africa & Middle East

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


UAE and US to pursue new trade and investment opportunities
The United States and the UAE reaffirmed their intention to pursue new economic, trade, investment and commercial opportunities at their seventh economic policy dialogue.
An early assessment of the prospective Kenya-United States trade agreement
Kenya’s negotiations with the United States while the African Union is in ongoing negotiations on a future agreement between African countries makes this a transitional moment in Africa’s trading relationship with the West.
More Kenyan flowers in US bouquets as trade talks to start
US-Kenya trade talks are due to start in the next couple of weeks, US Trade Representative, as Kenya President announced discussions have been delayed until the Africa free-trade deal comes into force.
Kenyan leader put breaks on Kenya-US trade talks, as trade unions unrest hots up
A membership network comprising civil society organizations, trade unions and farmer groups strongly opposed the proposed Kenya-US FTA, as Kenyan President announced a delay in talks.
Why Kenya must keep an eye on data rules in US trade deal talks
The US aims to establish commitments to ensure Kenya refrains from imposing measures that restrict cross-border data flows and does not require the use of installation of local computing facilities.
The US apparel and footwear industry is urging Congress to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act this year
AGOA doesn’t expire until 2025, but the industry looks for certainty to the region in the face of the pandemic and upcoming US trade talks with Kenya.
US trade deal could cripple agriculture, manufacturing in Kenya
The agreement portends the danger of crippling sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing and disintegration of its economy in Kenya.
America seeks easy access in new trade pact with Kenya
Through the reciprocal trade deal, the US government is seeking unfettered entry for its companies into nearly all segments of Kenya’s economy including the heavily guarded ones.
US-Kenya FTA could undermine “developmental” policies in Africa
By harmonizing Kenya’s trade policies in accordance with the US trade policies and domestic laws, Nairobi seems ready to surrender its policy space once and for all.
Manufacturers pulling out of China should consider Africa to diversify their supply chain
The creation of the AfCFTA could enhance the attractiveness of sub-Saharan Africa as an investment destination and manufacturing base.

    Links


  • 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.