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Africa & Middle East

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

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Big Oil is in trouble. Its plan: flood Africa with plastic.
Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash.
US-Kenya trade and tax developments
The negotiation of a US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement has spurred interest by prospective US investors, exporters, and importers.The final GILTI, FDII, and BEAT regulations provide the US tax framework for US C corporate investors.
AfCTA threatening intra ECOWAS trade
The impending commencement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA) will remove the advantage of intra-ECOWAS trade.
US farmers push for free milk market access to Kenya in trade talks
US dairy farmers want unfettered access of their milk products to the Kenyan market in the proposed free trade agreement between Nairobi and Washington, which could have far-reaching implications on Kenya’s milk farmers.
Nigeria begins reforms of international investment agreements
Nigeria is undertaking series of reforms of the country’s bilateral investment treaties to attract responsible, inclusive, balanced and sustainable investments.
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.
COVID-19 is an existential threat to SADC
Back in April 2020, just a month after the reality of COVID-19 arrived on our continent, the Southern African Development Community published a document on how best the bloc could confront the pandemic in its nascent stage.
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.
Kenya reluctant to seek Comesa shield, opts for rehabilitation of sugar factories
Kenya is reluctant to seek extension of safeguards that protect the country from importation of cheap sugar from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).
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.

    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.