PS SAYS KENYA DID NOT CUT COR­NERS IN THE PACT

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Trade Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary says the Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship Agree­ment doc­u­ment was com­pre­hen­sively dis­cussed dur­ing the East African Com­mu­nity heads of state sum­mit in Dar es Salaam in Septem­ber. The coun­tries, how­ever, agreed to de­fer the signing as a bloc to Jan­uary to al­low for le­gal scrub­bing (cross-check­ing) and trans­la­tion, Kip­too says. The PS stated Kenya ap­pended her sig­na­ture through a process called mu­tu­al­i­sa­tion to pave way for le­gal scrub­bing. He says they could not legally scrub a doc­u­ment they have not agreed on, and so went to le­gal scrub­bing and trans­la­tion and the next thing is to sign. Kip­too says Kenya just wanted to be sure it will not lose its mar­ket ac­cess, hence the rea­son why it went an ex­tra mile. The coun­try’s of­fi­cials went to the Euro­pean Union’s cham­bers and spoke to mem­bers of Par­lia­ment plead­ing their case.

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