Kenya could be allowed to secure its own preferential market access for exports to the European Union if the regional Economic Partnership Agreement fails to take shape, the EU has signaled.
This comes amid continued delays by the East Africa Community (EAC) member states to ratify the EPA deal as a bloc, which would secure duty-free quota-free market access with the 28-member union.
While Kenya and Rwanda signed the EPA in September 2016, with Kenya ratifying the pact the same year,Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi are yet to ratify the EPA.
For the EPA to enter into force, the three remaining EAC members need to sign and ratify the agreement. The delay is threatening Kenya's free market access for its exports to Europe.