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Africa & Middle East

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


A note to Kenya on its trade talks with the US: There is strength in numbers
The FTA initiative should be seen in the context of the Trump administration’s determination to pursue bilateral deals to enhance reciprocity and American gains.
Kenya will be in breach of EAC, AfCFTA rules in proposed trade deal with America
Kenya’s proposed free trade deal with the US has put it in the crosshairs as critics say the planned bilateral agreement would be a breach of regional and continental trade protocols.
Why Kenya-US trade talks will cause disquiet in EAC
Kenya surrendered its customs space to the bloc in 2005 when it signed its customs union protocol. The rulebook compels member states to negotiate all trade pacts jointly.
Uhuru, Trump agree to establish Kenya-US free trade agreement
President Donald Trump has announced the United States intends to initiate trade agreement negotiations with Kenya.
US, Kenya to start trade talks seen as template for Africa
The US and Kenya are expected to announce negotiations on a free-trade agreement, America’s first such deal with a sub-Saharan country.
Mauritania to apply free trade deal with ECOWAS
Mauritania will soon implement the free trade agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President El Ghazouani has said.
Trade wars among EAC members cast doubts on summit
Resolving these issues is crucial for EAC’s approach to opportunities from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement as a bloc.
Iran-EAEU free trade agreement to take effect in 2,3 years: Official
An Iranian official said an accord between Tehran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries will turn into a free trade agreement within the next two or three years.
The United States and Kenya hold second meeting of the trade and investment working group
The working group is exploring ways to deepen the trade and investment ties between the two countries and lay the groundwork for a stronger future trade relationship.
Africa’s free trade deal has GCC interested
The GCC states are drawn to the African states’ promise, especially as the new continental trade deal will facilitate opportunities and unlock growth in parts of Africa that were previously difficult to access.

    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.