EU Trade Deal Limits EAC’s Options for Future Trade Policy

EU Trade Deal Limits EAC’s Options for Future Trade Policy
A worker packs roses at a greenhouse in Naivasha, Kenya, April 19, 2010 (AP photo by Khalil Senosi).

After 12 years of divisive negotiations toward Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), the East African Community (EAC) last month became the latest African region to agree to a bilateral trade deal with the European Union. Concluding the talks was not easy, and sticking points among stakeholders remain, particularly around key African exports like Kenya’s horticultural products. The final deal has far-reaching consequences for East Africa’s economic development—not all of them good, as alternatives to such economic liberalization pacts, which critics contend favor the EU, emerge. Following the Cotonou Agreement in 2000 between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, […]

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