Saturday, 9 July 2016

TANZANIA REFUSES TO SIGN EPA BETWEEN EAC AND EU OVER BREXIT.

TANZANIA PRESIDENT JOHN MAGUFULI AND(SECOND LEFT) AND ZANZI BAR'S NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT ALI MOHAMED SHEI N (SECOND RIGHT).



Tanzania has said it will not sign an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), between East Africa Community (EAC), and European Union (EU) following Brexit.

The announcement caused anguish and shock at the EAC headquarters in Arusha.

A number of officials at the Secretariat were apprently at a loss on Friday on learning of the  country's U-turn as announced in Dar es Salaam by Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Aziz Mlinma.

"Has the Tanzania government withdrawn?" inquired a surprised official who said it was true, the move would be asetback to the negotiations which have been going on for years between EAC and EU.

On Friday,Dr Mlima told reporters in Dar es Salaam that Tanzania had decided to halt the signing because of "turmoil" that the EU is expressing following Britain's exit.

The agreement between the EU and EAC was scheduled to be signed on July 18.

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