Kenya could lose lucrative European flower markets over trade pact

PHOTO | FILE Kenya Flower Council chief executive officer Jane Ngige (left) speaks during a past function.

What you need to know:

  • According to the European Union, Kenya must comply with the provisions of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) aimed at creating a free trade area between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).
  • A clause in the EPA seeks to bar signatories from entering into bilateral talks with partners in areas where EU does not enjoy preferential terms.

The livelihoods of more than two million Kenyans who depend directly and indirectly on floriculture are in the balance as the country stands to lose the lucrative European flower markets.


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