Re­lief for Kenyan Ex­porters as EPAs Ne­go­ti­a­tions End

Diplomat East Africa - - Economy - By ROBIN OBINO

Kenyan ex­porters to the Euro­pean Union (EU) mar­ket can now breathe a sigh of re­lief after Kenya bro­kered a deal with the Union on the Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship Agree­ments (EPAs).

Trade in goods, cus­toms and trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion, tech­ni­cal bar­ri­ers to trade, san­i­tary and phy­tosan­i­tary mea­sures, agri­cul­ture, fish­eries, eco­nomic and de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion as well as in- sti­tu­tional ar­range­ment, dis­pute set­tle­ment and fi­nal pro­vi­sion are part of what is cov­ered in the agree­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Betty Maina, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Kenya As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­u­fac­tur­ers (KAM), the deal could see the coun­try save jobs and main­tain its mar­ket share for Europe.

“We applauded the gov­ern­ment for ex­pe­di­tiously con­clud­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions es­pe­cially after the Oc­to­ber 1 dead­line had

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