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Kenyatta hits out at UN over wastage of funds

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the United Nation to partner with African governments in order to make an impact even as he hit out at UN agencies over wastage of resources.

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No deal with EU as Tanzania, Uganda refuse to sign up

Members of the East African Community are split down the middle again after Uganda joined Tanzania in pulling out of signing a trade pact that is key to continued access to the European Union market without paying duty.

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The Nairobi Ministerial: Time to Pull the Plug on the Doha Development Round?

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is holding its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. While a deal promoting the interests of developed countries, known as the Doha Development Agenda (DDA), has been in the making for nearly 15 years, negotiations have been deadlocked.

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AFRICA: “Free trade in natural resources bad for development”

GENEVA – While some believe that restrictions on natural resource exports should be done away with, this could cause an increase in such exports that would be detrimental to the environment and bad for development. Many African countries follow the strategy of exporting as much as they can and, since they are uncompetitive in manufactures and services, they export raw materials, Mark Halle, director of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, said in an interview with IPS about the World Trade Report 2010 on trade in natural resources.

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WHO: East Africa laws confuse fake and generic drugs

GENEVA – The World Health Organisation (WHO) agrees that the anti-counterfeit legislation that has been adopted or that is under consideration in East Africa threatens the accessibility of affordable generic medicines.

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“Anti-counterfeit deal threatens accessibility of drugs”

LONDON – A proposed anti-counterfeit trade deal between 10 countries and the European Union (EU) could create “a new set of barriers to the export of generic medicines to low income countries”.

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