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EAC says talks with EU on market access on course

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Thursday, 03 November 2011

EAC says talks with EU on market access on course

East Africa Community (EAC) said on Thursday trade negotiations are still on course with the European Union (EU) despite missed deadlines. Peter Kiguta, Director General of the EAC Customs and Trade Directorate, said the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between the EAC and the EU have not collapsed as its being alleged.

"The question of EAC-EU EPA negotiations stalling or Partner States being bulldozed does not arise. We are on course and we expect to conclude the negotiations as programmed," Kiguta said in a statement received in Nairobi on Thursday.

The EAC and the European Union have been at loggerheads for months over an EPA, which was meant to replace preferential trade deals that the World Trade Organization has rejected. […]

Kiguta said the EPA experts deliberated on the Rules of Origin (RoO), agriculture, economic and development cooperation, and dispute settlement, institutional arrangements in preparation for the EAC-EC Experts inter-session meeting to be held in mid- November and the joint EAC-EC Technical and senior officials meeting to be held in the second week of December.

Source: Coastweek