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East African Budgets Hike Taxes

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The East African Community member nations, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, held their Budget Day on June 13 for the 2013/14 fiscal year, and all raised taxes to fund growing infrastructure and economic development expenditure. Read Full Story


Call To Speed Up African Tripartite FTA Negotiations

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Government of Zambia has called on the three African regional economic communities - the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the Southern African Development Community - to speed up their free trade agreement negotiations. Read Full Story


Delays Found In Implementing EAC Common Market Protocol

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A review that has been recently concluded on the East African Community Common Market Protocol has expressed concern at the slow pace of its implementation, and emphasized the need for National Implementation Committees to reflect on how implementation can be put back on track. Read Full Story


Bribery A Challenge To East Africa Trade

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A recent survey of five East African nations has reported that bribery as a non-tariff barrier to trade remains a significant challenge to the free flow of goods, labour, services and capital envisaged by the East African Common Market Protocol which came into force in 2010. Read Full Story


Uganda Joins COMESA FTA

Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Ugandan government has approved a recommendation by its Minister for Trade, Amelia Kyambadde, to join the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Free Trade Area. Read Full Story


High Levels Of Taxation Stifling African Mobile Growth

by Lorys Charalambous, Cyprus

Friday, November 16, 2012

African governments have been urged to reconsider the increasing tax burden on both mobile phone users and operators if the current trend of rapid growth within the area is to continue. Read Full Story


East Africa, US Announce Progress Under Trade And Investment Partnership

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Following a ministerial meeting on October 19, the United States and the East African Community were said to have taken important steps to advance their Trade and Investment Partnership. Read Full Story


EU Approves New Scheme for GSP Tariffs

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, October 8, 2012

Following an agreement with the European Parliament, the European Council has adopted a regulation amending the European Union scheme of generalized tariff preferences for developing countries. Read Full Story


India, COMESA To Discuss Possible FTA

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Friday, August 10, 2012

The 19-nation Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and a delegation from the Indian Government recently met in Lusaka, within a joint study group, to discuss a possible COMESA/India free trade agreement, as a follow up to the signing of their memorandum of understanding in February 2003. Read Full Story


EC Urged To Give ACP States More Negotiating Time

Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The trade committee of the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to give African, Caribbean and Pacific countries two more years for negotiations on their Economic Partnership Agreements before withdrawing their free access to the European Union market. Read Full Story



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