AGOA: Gov't calls for free market

Published date:
Thursday, 26 September 2002
The East

Kenya wants her Coffee and Tea to be granted duty and quota free access to the United States market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) agreement.

An official from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Muturi Mirie, said a new list of products to be covered under the second Agoa agreement was being compiled.

He said the Government was encouraging addition of value to tea and coffee for them to be considered under the Act.

Mirie was speaking during a Kenya Technical Working Group (KTWG) trade facilitation workshop in Eldoret on Tuesday, where he presented a paper on Agoa.

Other products being compiled to be included in the Agoa II agreement include indigenous herbs with medicinal values.

Mirie said Kenya would like to have quotas and duty on textile products abolished. He assured that the cotton industry would be revived by 2004.

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