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Kenyan premier proposes free trade pact with Singapore

Agence France-Presse 1/18/2010

Kenyan premier proposes free trade pact with Singapore

Visiting Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has proposed a free trade agreement between Singapore and a group of African nations, the city-state’s foreign ministry said Monday.

The ministry said in a statement that Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong "welcomed" the proposal for a free trade pact with the East African Community, comprised of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Odinga is on a five-day visit to Singapore that ends on Thursday.

Singapore, an open, export-driven economy, has signed a network of free trade agreements with its trading partners such as the United States, Japan and Australia.

The Kenyan and Singapore leaders also witnessed the signing by their transport ministers of an air services agreement between their countries, a separate Singapore government press statement said.

Under the deal, "air carriers from Singapore and Kenya have the flexibility to operate any number of air services between and beyond both countries," the statement said.

However, there will be some restrictions on passenger services by Singapore carriers between Kenya and selected third countries, it said without giving details.

 source: AFP