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EU asked to look at Africa as equal partner

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Monday, 19 May 2014

EU asked to look at Africa as equal partner

Kenya’s flower industry has asked that the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) negotiations between the EU and the East African Community (EAC) member States should not be based on the economic imbalance between the two parties but on the quality of trade that exists.
The Kenya Flower Council CEO Jane Ngige on Thursday urged the European Union to look at Kenya and other East African countries on the quality of products that they can export to the EU.
“What we need to get off our table – and this is really my personal view – is this feeling that we are coming from adeveloping country; we have poor producers and so on. When it comes to trade, it’s really a question of… you have a product, I have the money, we want to do business,” she said. She added this was the time to allow fair trade by ensuring there is an equal level playing field.
“Our exports are of good quality, especially on my area, the horticultural products; even in the other areas of fish, tea and coffee; I mean, we have good products and we do not need to feel apologetic about it,” she stressed.
She however appreciated that the negotiations have progressed and is optimistic that Kenya’s interests will be well represented and protected.

Source: Tralac