Deadline for signing EPAs extended to next year


The deadline for the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has been extended by a year to next year to allow East African Community member states to consult.

The agreement is now expected to be signed in February next year from 1st October this year after one of the member states objected to the signing yesterday opting for more consultations.

According to Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, the move gives an opportunity to Tanzania to make its decision after she requested an extension of three months.

While refuting claims that Tanzania had opted out of discussions, Mohammed said the European Union had given Kenya and Rwanda an extension of four months to have other member states join in.

Mohammed was speaking during a retreat for officers in the ministry who were involved in the successful preparation of the TICAD VI summit at Sweet Lake Resort in Naivasha.

She said the meeting was meant to review some of the agreements made during the summit and which will benefit Kenya as a whole.



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