Overseas Trade: East Africa

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department has taken to promote free trade with the East African Community after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Minister of State (International Trade)

As the Prime Minister said in her visit to the region last year, the UK wants to deepen its trading relations with EAC and is increasing its presence in the region.

Our immediate priority is a smooth transition in our trading relations with East Africa as the UK prepares to leave the EU. The Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Act enables the UK to put in place a UK trade preferences scheme for developing countries including the countries of the EAC.

In Kenya, we are promoting bilateral trade opportunities in many areas, including infrastructure, energy and healthcare.

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