Economic Partnership Agreements, WTO Compatibility and Development for Kenya


Economic Partnership Agreements, WTO Compatibility and Development for Kenya    |   File Size: 691.2 kB Downloads: 4643   |   Post Date: 13 March 2013

This paper looks at the agreement establishing a Framework for an Economic Partnership Agreement (FEPA) between the East African Community (EAC) Partner states, on one part, and the European Community (EC) and its member states, on the other. This framework was put in place to comply with a deadline imposed by the WTO that the two parties should bring their trade relations in compliance with the WTO rules. The main objective of this bulletin is to review the compatibility of the FEPA with the current WTO requirements and to analyse the implications for development and poverty in Kenya.


Financial and Monetary Reforms for Sustainable Development: Global and Regional Initiatives


Financial and Monetary Reforms for Sustainable Development: Global and Regional Initiatives    |   File Size: 438.45 kB Downloads: 1515   |   Post Date: 27 September 2012

Regional trade agreements (RTAs)are a significant part of global trade and an important aspect of Africa’s development effort. Also, regional integration provides opportunities for African countries in terms of competitiveness as well as providing the potential to increase trade and services while attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). This paper highlights some of the issues related to regional integration in  Africa in the context of the immediate past global financial crisis.

It outlines challenges and thoughts towards strengthening and deepening this process for far-reaching development outcomes now and for the future. It links regional integration to financial and monetary reforms within regional trade arrangements across Africa, and particularly highlights the potential for regional integration to facilitate financial reform as well as improving the investment climate for trade in the African region. This brief was a contribution toward the UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Public Symposium 2011


Towards an East African Community Common Market: Challenges and Opportunities


Towards an East African Community Common Market: Challenges and Opportunities    |   File Size: 428.95 kB Downloads: 9807   |   Post Date: 30 January 2011

The EAC is a regional intergovernmental organisation of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, with its headquarters in Arusha,Tanzania. It is among a rising number of regional trade organisations in Africa, whose partner states conduct business activities at the bilateral and multilateral levels.


Biodiversity Conservation in Kenya


Biodiversity Conservation in Kenya    |   File Size: 393.44 kB Downloads: 16224   |   Post Date: 29 January 2011

This paper discusses the broad concept of biodiversity as it supports human development. First the paper defines biodiversity in the widest sense as the basis for life on earth, the context not withstanding. Second, the paper expounds on the obvious and not so obvious relevance and importance of biodiversity to human existence development. Third, the paper discusses the status of Kenya’s biodiversity, presenting numbers of species, the ecosystems in which they are found, their status and condition and effects of human activities on them. Further,the paper discusses some current efforts and strategies being employed in biodiversity conservation. In the last section, the paper presents policies and practices that support biodiversity conservation in Kenya.


Protecting Traditional Knowledge and Associated Genetic Resources in Kenya: What A Community Needs To Know


Protecting Traditional Knowledge and Associated Genetic Resources in Kenya: What A Community Needs To Know    |   File Size: 469.79 kB Downloads: 3671   |   Post Date: 27 January 2011

Traditional Knowledge of local communities is based on collective efforts of their language, social and cultural values, and natural resources within their environment. It is used as intangible property to sustain the community’s culture, as well as the Genetic Resources necessary for its survival. 


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