Daily Archives: July 19, 2013

East Africa close to a trade agreement with Europe

The East African Community is close to concluding the long-awaited Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union. During a visit to Kenya last week, EU Trade Commissioner Karel   De Gucht said both regions have settled on most issues paving … Continue reading

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Flower waste can generate energy

A preliminary report to establish whether using flower waste can generate energy has yielded positive results. Speaking on Friday 12th July 2013 at Simbi Roses in Thika, one of the two farms participating in a pilot project initiated by the … Continue reading

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UPCOMING CHANGES TO THE EU LIST OF REDUCED PHYTOSANITARY CHECKS

On 27-28 June 2013, the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plant Health discussed some changes to the EU list of reduced phytosanitary checks of cut flowers at the EU borders. According to sources, one of the changes adopted concerns Roses … Continue reading

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Kenya Private Sector General remarks on the proposed VAT bill, 2013

Overall the VAT Bill is good as it simplifies the operations of VAT. The Current Act is divided into 14 parts with 59 Sections and 9 schedules. This is now simplified into 16 Parts with 64 Sections and 2 Schedules. … Continue reading

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The Carbon Reduction, Resources and Opportunities Toolkit Update

The Carbon Reduction, Resources and Opportunities Toolkit (CaRROT) is a project that was initiated to facilitate and accelerate the flower sector’s transition towards low-carbon and sustainable business practices. The focus was to develop a unified response to climate change mitigation … Continue reading

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