Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Africa and the Middle East.
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The talks have moved into the second round. Kenya has prepared text for 13 chapters.
Côte d’Ivoire has hastily signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the UK, which is modelled on the interim EPA the country signed with the European Union.
In the SACUM-UK EPA, commitments on tariffs for both the UK and SACUM have been transitioned from the SADC-EU EPA without changes.
So-called “trade agreements” such as the US-Kenya trade deal have nothing to do with trade. But rather they impose new limits on government regulatory authority.
Kenya’s plans to tax digital services could hit a brick wall following its negotiations for a free trade deal with the US.
Meetings called to negotiate a collective trade agreement between the EAC and the United Kingdom have failed to make any substantive progress.
Kenya has welcomed its neighbours in negotiating fora post-Brexit trade deal with the UK for a duty and quota-free market.
The US indicates that the deal with Kenya should, with respect to commercial partnerships, discourage actions that prejudice or discourage business between the US and Israel.
Zambia wants to sign a free trade deal with Turkey, according to the ambassador of the southern African country, while also inviting Turkish businessmen and the private sector for investment in Zambia.
The Donald Trump’s administration is seeking abolition of import duty on agricultural exports to Kenya.
Tralac’s page on the African Continental Free Trade Area
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.
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.