Kenya’s current treasury focus beeps a step of hope towards the much-desired fall of Africa’s trade barriers and a major boost for the Free Continental Trade Area aimed at a united and prosperous Africa.
As part of plans to bridge local deficit in production, Kenya has announced a decision to source the largest consignment of Sugar from Eswatini, Zambia, and Mauritius through a duty-free import of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).
According to a breakdown of the numbers per country as reported by local media outlets, 68,959tonnes will come from Eswatini, 41,152tonnes from Zambia and 36,036tonnes from Mauritius making 69.5 percent of the total quantity Kenya aims to import.
The country equally plans to import part of the annual consignment from other African countries such as Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. A total of 18,923 is expected from these three countries.
Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture earlier advised traders to do business inline with the set local rules and COMESA in relation to the importation of sugar to avoid penalties.
“All registered dealers and holders of valid import permits for brown/mill white sugar are therefore required to comply with the provisions for the Crops (sugar) Imports, Exports and By-products Regulations 2020 as applicable,” the ministry said.