Political blockages in the trade talks between the East African Community and the EU continue.
"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.
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.
ECDPM has released a ‘Frequently asked questions’ guide to the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) between the EU and Africa.
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.
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 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.
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.
East Africa is under pressure to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement with Europe by the end of September. NTV reports.
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.
East African Community (EAC) states and the European Union (EU) have reached a new deal in protracted negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.