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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Kenya blames EU changes for stalled EPAs

The Kenyan government now says structural changes within the European Union (EU) are partly to blame for derailing negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) whose set completion date was July last year. Trade Minister Amos Kimunya said that the government would meet EU officials to establish the impact of those changes to the EPA negotiations, adding, however, that the negotiations are still ongoing. He also asked the East African business community to focus on the long-term objectives of the negotiations rather than the expired time line. “There were changes within the EU at the commissioner’s level and we have been following that to see how the changes affect our ongoing negotiations. We will have a meeting this weekend to review where our negotiations have reached and then take a decision on the way forward. The important thing for us to remember is that all these negotiations must in the long run serve East Africa in the best possible way,” he said.

Source: Trade Law Center for Southern Africa

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