May 26, 2022

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Kenya seeks new date for Uganda trade mission in bid to end milk standoff

Kenya has asked Uganda to reschedule a trade mission to Kampala after an invitation to talks in the neighboring country was delayed.

Kenya’s delegation to start trade mission in Kampala Uganda on Monday after Kampala finally announced a date.

However, the letter, which was sent via the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, arrived late, prompting Kenya to seek an alternative date to make room for the preparations.< /p>

Kenya wants to visit Uganda to make sure all milk coming from there is produced by local farmers, after claims the commodity is imported as powder from third countries and reconstituted before it exported to Kenya is fresh.

Livestock Principal Secretary Harry Kimtai, who is leading the delegation, said they cannot make it this week and that they need new appointments to meet the Uganda h

“I saw the letter this morning and we cannot make it to Uganda this week because we need to make a list of delegates who will be required to attend the trade mission according to the terms of reference issued by Uganda must attend,” said Mr. Kimtai. p>

The team’s officials include trade experts, customs officials and food scientists who will play key roles in the planned trade talks.

Kenya wants to find out if Uganda is complying with the East African Community’s rules of origin for Milk exports from Kampala before normal trade in the commodity resumes after a 2019 ban.

Mr Kimtai said once authenticated Uganda can produce surplus milk to be shipped to Kenya then the matter is settled once and for all.

The meeting of the Kenyan delegation in Uganda was postponed three times in the past year, delaying the resumption of normal trade in dairy products between the two countries.

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