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East Africa: Exports to EU on the rise in 2017

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Monday, 02 July 2018

East Africa: Exports to EU on the rise in 2017

According to the latest International Trade Centre (ITC) report, the value of the East African Community's exports to European Union rose to $2.5 billion in 2017, up by eight per cent. They shot up amidst trials to harmonise standards. According to ITC, the region exported goods worth $2.5 billion last year, up from $2.3 billion in 2016. However, the figure could have been better if member states quickly harmonised standards in the region. The director Productive Sectors of the EAC, Mr Jean Baptiste, speaking at the roundtable held in Arusha last week for businesswomen in the region, affirmed: "To tap into the EU market, the region needs to benchmark standards with those in the European Union." Besides, East African products have to "meet the requirements of the European consumers." For this to happen, member states must ratify the EAC Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) protocol which addresses food and safety issues in the region.

Source: Allafrica