The European Union – East Africa Community Trade Agreement: EPA’s Hard Sell

Edwin Njoroge
Post Date: 16 August 2018

Introduction

Economic Partnership Agreements, otherwise known as EPAs, has been a thorn in the East African Community’s foot since its inception on 23rd June 2000. This is because of the conflicting stance taken by individual leaders of the East African countries, as to the benefits or losses their respective countries stand to accrue from the agreement.

Not only have we heard from the leaders of the East African Community, voices have been added from various stakeholders such as Legislators and Policy Makers, Civil Society Organization, the Private Sector and the Donor Community on the consequences of signing or abstaining from the agreement. 

So far, Kenya and Rwanda were the only countries to have signed the agreement as of September 1, 2016. Tanzania, rejected the deal while Uganda stated that it would only sign the deal after fully studying it. Burundi, committed to signing the deal.
Kenya has attempted to address the issue diplomatically by engaging its fellow East African counterparts in what seems to be a futile attempt to convince them to sign the agreement. Pundits argue that refusal to sign has major ramifications on Kenya’s economy, more specifically the agricultural sector. 

In this article, we shall give a background of the EPAs trade agreement, explain its relations to East Africa, show its current status with regards to East Africa, consequence to Kenya on the failure of the East African Community to ratify the agreement participate and propose a viable way forward for Kenya. 
 


The CFTA and Opportunities for Kenya

Stephen Jairo
Post Date: 01 August 2018

It is almost four months since the African Continental Free Trade Area, more commonly known as the CFTA or AfCFTA, was signed during the 10th Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union held in Kigali, Rwanda. It is important to note that out of the 54 states that make the continent, a whopping 44 states witnessed and supported the coming into force of this agreement, pending ratification by member states. However, there is a requirement that for the CFTA to become operational, it has to be ratified by the parliaments of at least 22 member states.


Foster Government and Insurance Industry Relationship to Counter the Effects of Natural Disasters

Collins Okoth
Post Date: 19 June 2018

In part 1 of this article on misalignment of risk management strategies in Kenya, I briefly examined two key frameworks that the Kenyan Government ratified namely the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 and the Sendai Framework which was the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework. Both of these frameworks emphasized the need for governments to strengthen relevant institutions and work with key stakeholders in mitigating losses that arise from natural catastrophes. In this second and final part, I discuss how the Government can work with the insurance industry in combating the effects of natural catastrophes. 


Misalignment of Risk management Strategies in Kenya

Collins Okoth
Post Date: 13 June 2018

Natural disasters have been a persistent issue in Kenya. This is a part one of a two part series on issues around the misalignment of risk management strategies in Kenya, the gaps that lie therein and possible recommendations to better management of such situations. 


11th Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization: Outcome, Challenges and Way Forward

Edwin Njoroge
Post Date: 11 June 2018

Background

The Eleventh Ministerial Conference took place from the 10th to 13th December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The conference was attended by participants from the World Trade Organizations (WTO) Members, international trade   organizations   such   as   the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Centre (ITC), the World Bank, international civil society and media houses among others.
 


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