Kenya and Rwanda save their trade preferences with EU by signing EAC EPA ahead of others

Kenya, Rwanda and the EU have signed a EU-East African Community EPA trade pact on Thursday (1 September 2016) in Brussels.   The Eastern African countries are in a move to salvage their trade preferences to the EU. Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed and Rwandan Minister for Trade François Kanimba did the trip to Brussels to …


East African Community EPA signature delayed

The East African Community Economic Partnership Agreement will not be signed, as initially planned, this week in Nairobi on the sidelines of the Nairobi investment summit hosted by UNCTAD.   The EPA was concluded in 2015. The EU member states have endorsed the deal in June 2016, so has the …

Asia EU FTAs & bilateral ties LatAm & Caribbean SSAfrica

Parliament report: EU trade deals increase money laundering risk

A new research report commissioned by the European Parliament argues that free trade agreements increase the risk of money laundering.   The report, Commissioned after the Panama Papers affair this spring, says that EU free trade agreements with emerging markets such as South Africa, Chile, Mexico, Central America, or South Korea …

Agriculture SSAfrica

In brief – Greek MEP up in arms against EU SADC compromise on feta cheese denomination

Stelios Kolouglou (GUE/NGL) has staged an offensive against the EU Southern African Development Community EPA signed early June in Botswana.   In amendments to a motion for a resolution currently under preparation by the Parliament’s trade committee, Mr Kolouglou, along with the Italian MEP Eleonora Forenza, have decided to “decline …

Energy & Environment SSAfrica

EU African EPAs in limbo

The EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements – or EPAs – with sub-Saharan countries inked a few years ago are not getting off the ground as African governments don’t like their EU-inspired rules on raw materials policies. African countries are also currently prioritising continent-wide regional integration. By Iana Dreyer.          

EU FTAs & bilateral ties SSAfrica

EPAs can be a boon for Africa if crafted properly, International Trade Centre’s Gonzalez says

Last week, 18 West African countries inked the first  Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the European Union (EU). Four more EPAs are expected to be signed in Africa. The negotiations process was long and the EU has been criticised for not handling African’s sensitivities properly.   In an interview with Borderlex’s …