In Summary
  • Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto met three Heads of State and a Burundian Minister in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday, to convince Tanzania and Burundi to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
  • Mr Ruto represented President Uhuru Kenyatta at a summit that was to agree on the way forward for signing, ratification and implementation of the East African Community (EAC) –European Union (EU), Economic Partnership Agreement.

Kenya has appealed to other East Africa states, especially Tanzania, to endorse a regional trade deal with the European Union that will allow the region’s exports to the European market tax free.

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto met three Heads of State and a Burundian Minister in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday, to convince Tanzania and Burundi to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Mr Ruto represented President Uhuru Kenyatta at a summit that was to agree on the way forward for signing, ratification and implementation of the East African Community (EAC) –European Union (EU), Economic Partnership Agreement.

Tanzania president John Pombe Magufuli, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Burundi’s Minister for External Relations and International Cooperation Ambassador Alain Aime Nyamitwe attended the 17th Extra-ordinary Summit of EAC Heads of State.

The agreement allows the EAC to export its products, mainly flowers and perishable goods to the EU without attracting any tax.

It also provides duty free and quota free market access to all EAC exports to the EU.

Kenya has been on a charm offensive to try to have the agreement signed by the EAC member states.

Mr Ruto said the agreement had given the EAC a lot of credibility and had assisted the region to attract investments.

He said backtracking on the agreement would erode the credibility the region has built over the last 20 years.

“This will negatively affect prospective trade arrangements with other countries,” he said.

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