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Fair trade hinges on Rules of Origin

Published on February 08, 2016

The Rules of Origin, which determine whether a product is produced within a particular trading partner, are pivotal to any preferential trade arrangement. 

“These rules of origin that we set for ourselves have the power to render the preferences useless or to actually promote industrial growth of the continent,” Emmanuel Hategeka, the Permanent Secretary in the Rwanda Ministry of Trade and Industry said last week.

Hategeka was speaking at the at the recently concluded First Tripartite Private Sector Regional Dialogue on the theme ‘Towards a Private Sector position on TFTA Rules of Origin for increased Market Access’, in Kigali last week.

The meeting focused more on a private sector position that is common and harmonized with respect to the tripartite Free Trade Area (FTA) Rules of Origin for increased market access. Read more. Source | East African Business Week