Kenya attends EAC/SADC/COMESA Tripartite meetings October 14 25, 2014, in Bujumbura, Burundi
A Government delegation led by the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Dr. Karanja Kibicho, was part of the EAC delegation at the ongoing talks between the East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the formation of a Free Trade Area (FTA) between the regional blocs
The objective of the negotiations is the formation of a Free Trade Area between the 26 countries in COMESA / EAC and SADC with a combined population of 625 million which is envisioned to enhance trade and investment between countries of the regional bloc by reducing the cost of doing business as a result of elimination of overlapping trade regimes as is currently the case.
 The FTA which is a key project of the African Union (AU) is a first step in using regional economic blocs across the continent to jointly develop infrastructure and relax and eventually eliminate both tariff and non-tariff barriers on the movement of goods, services, people and capital within countries of the continent.
Heads of State from the three regional economic blocs are expected to launch the expanded Tripartite Free Area at the Tripartite Summit scheduled to take place in December 2014 in Egypt.
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