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East African Community


EU hopes EPA with Kenya to be concluded by end of October
"The EAC and the EU will set a new date to finalize the trade talks," an EU official told a news conference in Nairobi on Friday.
EU official says no deal so far on export trade talks
East African states are yet to strike a trade deal on the Economic Partnership Agreement after the European Union said the proposals made by the council of ministers were inadequate.
Guide to the world’s biggest free trade deal – the economic partnership agreements between the EU and Africa
ECDPM has released a ‘Frequently asked questions’ guide to the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) between the EU and Africa.
Flower farms warn of mass relocation over Economic Partnership Agreement impasse
Flower farms in Naivasha are now warning of mass relocation to either Ethiopia or Tanzania in the wake of the collapse of Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) talks.
Europe ’Awol’ from decisive EAC meeting on trade accord
The East African Community’s last-minute efforts to have negotiations of the contentious Economic Partnership Agreement concluded before today’s deadline were dealt a huge blow after European Union delegates failed to turn up for a decisive meeting in Nairobi last week.
Kenya’s dilemma over EU trade talks holds
Kenya’s push for an expeditious agreement between the East African Community and the European Commission over the long dragging trade negotiations suffered a major blow as nothing had been signed by yesterday.
Kenyan exporters call on EU, EAC to hurry up with trade deal
An EAC delegation is in Brussels for three days of negotiations with the EU over the finalisation of the draft EPA deal that was agreed on by Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi on Saturday.
EAC countries under pressure to sign Economic Partnership Agreements
East Africa is under pressure to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement with Europe by the end of September. NTV reports.
EAC strikes economic partnership deal to join EU
The East African Community (EAC) has reached a common position on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which it intends to sign with the European Union.
EAC, EU agree to settle unresolved trade issues
East African Community (EAC) states and the European Union (EU) have reached a new deal in protracted negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).
Pressure as EU issues new trade ultimatum
While the EU boss in Uganda is quick to point out that the date is neither an ultimatum nor a deadline, come Oct. 01 the EU will withdraw its free market access to countries like Uganda that have not yet ratified an Economic Partnership Agreement.
Kenya: Civil society raises concerns over EAC-EU trade deal
Kenya Human Rights Commission and others demand extension of September 30 deadline to sign the pending trade deal between the East African Community and EU on the grounds that failure to reach agreement will hurt half a million horticultural workers, mostly women.
US-EAC trade pact: Players fear East Africa could get raw deal
With the East African Community under pressure to sign the Economic Partnership agreement with Europe, pressure is emerging from elsewhere: the US. Civil society warn of the dangers.
Kenya flowers at crossroads over EPAs trade talks
A senior Kenyan Government officer who wished not to be named confirmed that Tanzania has been dragging its feet in embracing the new EU trade deal. “This might prompt Kenya to sign the agreement alone," he said.
East Africans seeking to unlock trade talks with European Union
East African countries are scheduled to hold a meeting in September to resolve outstanding issues in order to conclude negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) with EU.
How the EAC locked horns with the EU over the EPA negotiations
Godfrey Ssali from the Uganda Manufacturers Association explains what is behind the current deadlock between the East African Community and the European Union on the negotiations underway to agree a set of Economic Partnership Agreements
Africa’s "grand" FTA negotiation progressing well: SADC officials
Negotiations to set up a grand free trade zone encompassing 26 countries in eastern and southern Africa are progressing well and may be completed in 2015, a year before schedule, SADC officials reveal.
Experts attack EU trade deal deadline
At a high level conference on the EAC-EU EPA negotiations in Entebbe recently, experts in trade and regional integration argued that the EAC should not be bound by the pressure of the EU deadline.
Kenya to conclude economic partnership pact with EU
Three remaining contentious issues will be dealt with by next month, according to the Kenyan government, which will be good news for horticulture farmers who have been worried that their market access will be compromised if Kenya loses its privileges in the EU market.
Negotiations on the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement are moving forward
African high-level officials indicated recently that negotiations for the establishment of a free-trade area spanning three major regional economic communities in Africa have progressed well and could conclude by the end of this year.