China to continue exporting fish to Kenya

China will continue exporting fish to Kenya until a joint trade technical committee comes up with new recommendations.

Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has said the government has not banned Chinese fish imports saying Kenya is bound by international trade rules.

The two countries have formed a technical committee to address trade barriers between the two nations.

Mid last month President Uhuru Kenyatta urged the ministry of agriculture to re-look at the issue of Chinese fish imports saying they were hurting the local fishing industry.

This forced a flurry of meetings between Chinese and Kenya officials in a bid to iron out sticky issues.

Munya has said the government has not banned fish imports from China, saying trade arrangements between Kenya and China prohibits any party from locking out products unless on security or health concerns.

Munya has said a joint technical trade committee has been formed to iron out all trade issues affecting the two countries.

So far China has signed a memorandum of understanding on Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary requirements which allow Kenya to sell fruits, nuts, avocados, mangoes legumes, flowers, vegetables, stevia, meat, leather and leather products to the Asian giant.

Munya has further said Nairobi and Beijing are reviewing visa requirements to allow Kenyans business people get visa on arrival in China.

Last year Kenya imported goods worth over 390 billion shillings from China, while exports to Asian country were 10 billion shillings.



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