Finally it’s a sigh of relief on EAC EU EPA negotiations

The giant outstanding issues on the EAC EU Economic partnership Agreement negotiations have finally been agreed upon following an EAC – EU technical experts and Senior officials meeting that took place from 24th – 27th March 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Led by Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (MFA&IT) the discussions were very productive where the two teams agreed on the Rules of origin and also on the Most Favoured Nation (MFN). The European delegation were led by Ms. Sandra Gallina, EC Acting Director of Trade responsible for EPA negotiations.

The only outstanding issues are on governance, export taxes, subsidies and domestic support which are political in nature and will be resolved by the Ministerial Council meeting expected to happen in mid-May 2014.

On the other hand the Kenya Flower Council hosted a cocktail on the last day of discussion for the EAC and EU officials.

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