East African countries take steps towards continental free trade

On Friday, 18 February 2022, the East African Community (EAC) countries took a giant stride ahead by approving the bloc’s tariff offer for category A products worth $90.2 billion. It will be liberalised in ten years when the African Continental Free Trade Area...

EAC protocol on pests, disease control ratified

PARLIAMENT yesterday ratified the East African Community (EAC) Sanitary and Phytosanitary Protocol (SPS) 2013 to enhance food safety. Among others, the step will improve access to a greater choice of safe foods and provide rules for the management of aflatoxins which...

Is EAC facing food safety concerns?

The recent decision by Kenya to suspend maize imports from Uganda and Tanzania has stirred public concern over the safety of some food that is produced in the region, particularly grains. Last week, Kenya banned the importation of maize from both countries, saying the...