Kenya, Pakistan to Sign Trade Agreements
Kenya and Pakistan are set to sign a raft of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to boost bilateral trade by the end of 2021.
According to Kenya’s cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Betty Maina, the two countries had finalized two agreements on plant protection on citrus and mangoes importation from Pakistan and were ready for signing.
The CS added that negotiations between the two states in April this year yielded the removal of the Attestation Fee of tea export documents.
“Kenya has also prepared and shared two MoUs on avocados and nuts exports to Pakistan for the review, and we anticipate they will be concluded by the end of this year,” Maina said on Tuesday.
In addition, the two countries are set to improve collaboration on areas standardization, sharing technical information, conformity assessment, and training staff on standards.
“An MoU between Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Pakistan Standard Quality and Control Authority (PSQCA) on matters of standards will be signed soon,” she added.
Data indicates that the two countries traded goods worth 77.4 billion shillings in the year 2020—currently, Pakistan imports about 40 percent of Kenya’s tea, ranking fourth-largest exporter globally.
Saqlain Syedah, Pakistan High Commissioner to Kenya, said that Pakistan has already removed an attestation fee of tea export documents for Kenyan tea to boost trade in the agricultural commodity.
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