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Kenyan jobs on the line as regional trading blocs warm up to merger
The pact signed on Wednesday could hasten the proposed African Economic Community but may come too soon, especially for Kenyan manufacturers.
Region’s Ministers call for free trade
The first Tripartite Comesa-EAC-SADC Council of Ministers that opened on Monday at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort seeks the summit of heads of state and governments to endorse the creation of a free trade area which will cut across the three Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and institutionalise it by giving it a legal underpinning.
Overlapping membership to top REC’s summit agenda
The issue of overlapping membership will be a major area of focus during the first joint meeting of Heads of Government, of the three Regional Economic Communities (REC)’s, in Eastern and Southern Africa, namely the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Tripartite summit for today
Leaders from 26 African countries meet in Kampala today at a summit called to harmonise and coordinate trade, customs and infrastructure development in the East and Southern African region.
Uganda to host event on Africa trade
The tripartite summit, which starts on Saturday with a meeting of permanent secretaries, will bring together member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Kingi to lead Kenyan delegation to Kampala meeting
The Minister for East African Community, Amason Jeffah Kingi, is scheduled to lead the Kenyan delegation to the 18th meeting of the East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers Meeting slated for October 15-23, 2008 in Kampala, Uganda.
Kampala summit to decide the future of trade blocs
The first ever tripartite summit of the East African Community, the Common Market for East and Southern Africa and the Southern Africa Development Community takes place in Kampala this week.
MPs want region to turn away from EU
East Africa’s increasingly frosty economic ties with the West took a turn for the worse last week when the region’s parliamentarians called for their governments to scrap the interim Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
Comesa agrees to economic merger with Southern Africa
The plan to merge 26 eastern and southern African states into a single trading bloc with a combined gross domestic product of $625 billion is complete and ready for heads of State to sign-off next month.
EAC to carry out worker’s survey
The East African Community is to conduct a regional manpower survey to establish the workforce base in the regional market ahead of coming into effect of the Common Market for East Africa in 2010.
Barriers hamper trade within EAC countries
Border barriers remain the biggest challenge to the realization of cross-border trading within the East Africa Community, EAC.
States sign new pact to clear trade barriers
The East African Community (EAC) has signed an agreement that will remove non tariff barriers and allow free movement of food and trade in the region.
US-EAC TIFA (2008)
US signs trade pacts with African countries
The United States signed a pair of agreements on Wednesday to boost trade and investment ties with countries in southern and eastern Africa, the US Trade Representative’s office said.
FAO urges integration to boost prices in market
To thwart a deepening food crisis on the continent, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation is proposing the creation of a Free Trade Area (FTA) for Africa that will facilitate a seamless flow of strategic commodities across national borders while maintaining high profit margins.
MPs want Uganda out of EAC-EU trade deal
Parliamentarians are pressurising Uganda to revoke the interim trade agreement signed between the European Union and the East African Community.
EU hails EAC over trade deals
The European Union has commended the East African Community for striking "a good deal,"following the initialling of an interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) at the end of last year.
Southern Africa: African nations endorse plan to merge trade blocs
Trade ministers from Comesa have passed a resolution setting the stage for the establishment of what would be Africa’s largest common market. The ministers want trade regimes within the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC) harmonised.
East African Community to negotiate trade agreements with the US
The East African Community (EAC) is preparing to negotiate a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the United States.
Comesa censures EAC over trade deal with EU
East Africa’s signing of an interim trade pact with Europe has come under heavy criticism for dividing Africa as well as undermining the continent’s integration efforts. Interview with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Secretary-General Erastus Mwencha.