Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Kenya's call for anti-counterfeit legislation...amongst other changes

Abwao Oluoch writing for East African Business week reports that Kenya has outlined its priority legislative agenda for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), putting emphasis on laws that will fast-track the country’s post electoral crisis recovery efforts and consumer protection bills. At the same time, EALA law makers have pledged to roll out a series of legislations to facilitate regional trade, ease the inflow of raw materials and remove bottlenecks to regional trade in its legislative for this year, assembly members said early last week. In particular Kenya’s Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Nalo called for the passing of an anti-counterfeit legislation this year.

The East African Community (EAC) region, which has been implementing a gradual integration programme aimed at eventually making the region into a single market, a monetary union and a political federation, has lately decided to train its attention on economic integration.

“The issue of anti-counterfeit legislation is so important. There is also need for harmonisation of the various rules and regulations regarding trade in the region,” Nalo said.

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