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Kenya’s exports first goods under the AfCFTA

Kenya exported its first goods under the African the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement to Ghana on Friday.

Kenyan-made Exide batteries landed in the Port of Tema on September 23 in a historic ceremony that marks Nairobi’s formal start of preferential trading under the AfCFTA agreement.

A statement from Kenya’s Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development said the products were to be received by Kenya’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Amb Eliphas Barine.

A representative of Kenya’s Associated Battery Manufacturing EA Ltd handed over the consignment to the importer, Ms Gifty Fianu of Yesudem Company Ltd, Ghana.

The ceremony was witnessed by Ambassadors of other African countries to Ghana, and the AfCFTA Secretariat.

“Kenya is among six countries selected to participate in the pilot phase of the AfCFTA Initiative on Guided Trade, formulated on realisation that no trading was taking place one-and-a-half years after the launch of AfCFTA preferential trading on 1st January, 2021,” reads a statement from Kenya’s Trade ministry.


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