The UK`s negotiations on an autonomous trade agreement with Kenya by the end of the year are fuelling tensions between Nairobi and its partners in a regional trade group. The sixth bilateral trade agreement will allow British and Kenyan companies to expand their trade by $1.4 billion (US$1.8 billion) per year. The trade agreement will allow Kenyan exporters of flowers and other fresh vegetables to continue to enter the UK market under a duty-free and non-quota agreement, as they did at the time in the UK in the European Union. The situation in Kenya is certainly going to unfold as the UK seeks more partnerships on the African continent. Ghana`s response to a new trade agreement with the United Kingdom in October represents the difficult situation in many African countries. The UK moved closer to signing a sixth trade agreement in Africa today (3 November), with negotiations for a trade deal with Kenya complete. The agreement will ensure that all businesses operating in Kenya, including UK companies, will be able to continue to enjoy duty-free access as they export products such as vegetables and flowers to their customers in the UK. According to an article by Graham Lanktree in POLITICO, „Ghana will not sign a new British trade agreement in 2020″, published on 21 October, there is a feeling that the UK could play the same old tactic of division and colonial and political domination, potential partners in an unpleasant position with their neighbours. Do you want more analysis from POLITICO? POLITICO Pro is our premium intelligence service for professionals. From financial services to commerce, technology, cybersecurity and more, Pro provides real-time intelligence, deep knowledge and breaking scoops you need to get a head start. E-mail [email protected] to request a free trial version. Kenyan cabinet secretaries Fred Matiang`i (front) and Betty Maina led Kenya and Britain in signing a bilateral trade agreement after Brexit. PICTURED POOL The document describes an „extraordinary meeting“ of the EAC Business Council on 11 September, with senior officials from all Member States attending to discuss negotiations in the UK.
Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda agreed that the ABC should negotiate in bulk. They also agreed that more time would be needed to prepare and conduct the negotiations. Countries have warned Kenya against a consensus-free agreement in Britain. „The experience with the ABC-EPA reinforces this position; it did not come into force because the other ABC partner countries were not willing to sign and ratify it,“ she said, referring to the Common Economic Partnership Agreement negotiated under the European Union, which was not implemented following Tanzania`s reluctance to adopt a market opening clause to EU imports in exchange for duty-free exports to the EU. This trade agreement will build on the historic relationship between the UK and Kenya and will be the perfect springboard to boost our trade in the future. This agreement will provide the UK, Kenya and, ultimately, the entire ABC with the best possible platform to develop our trade relationships in the future. The trade agreement is an offshoot of the five-year strategic partnership signed between the UK and Kenya in January at the Africa Investment Summit. The event was looking for new and lasting partnerships between the UK and African countries.