Daily Nation article on EAC EU EPA negotiations

The Kenya Flower Council has taken exception to the article that appeared in Thursday April 24, 2014, Daily Nation on page 34, titled, Alarm as East Africa fails to strike export deal with EU on fresh produce”.

The KFC Chief Executive Mrs. Jane Ngige has clarified that the writers never spoke to her or the KFC Chairman Mr. Richard Fox as alleged in the article. Mrs. Ngige has apologized to the parties involved in the EPA negotiations among them the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Ministry of the East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism and the Kenya Flower Council members for the wrong impression, which was inaccurate, irresponsible and not a reflection of the current status and the progress made in these negotiations.

KFC has taken up this issue with the Nation Media Group with a view to correct the allegations. Mrs. Ngige has assured the parties that the negotiations are on course contrary to the impression created by the said article.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Eng. Karanja Kibicho recently said the ongoing EAC EU Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations could be concluded by the end of May, adding that the number of contentious issues has been reduced to three. They include issues on governance, export taxes, subsidies and domestic support. The Kenyan Government is committed to ensure that the negotiations are concluded by the Ministerial Council meeting expected to happen by mid-May 2014.

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