Political conflict in African regional organizations : the case of Kenya's implementation of the protocol on the "Rules of Origin" in the preferential trade area (PTA) for eastern and southern Africa

Abstract : As historical evidence, shows, political conflict has been a salient feature of international trade from the days of classical political economy, to date. The most contentious issue in this conflict centers around the question of costs and benefits commensurate with international trade and accrued by the domestic economies. In the PTA, this question finds expression in the conflict over the Protocol on the 'Rules of Origin' of the PTA Treaty. Hence the central purpose of this study has been to investigate the factors accounting for the political conflict over this Protocol. We have first and foremost established the parties involved in the political conflict and the bone of contention between them. We have argued that Kenya belongs to one side of the political conflict while Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia belong to the other. The issue at stake between these two parties is the application of rule 2(1)a of the PTA 'Rules of Origin' to PTA preferential trade. Kenya is opposed to the application of this rule, because it seeks to limit the participation of foreign firms in PTA preferential trade, while Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia see it as a conditio sine qua non if PTA is to be meaningful.
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Economies and finances. 1989
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Godfrey Ngunyi. Political conflict in African regional organizations : the case of Kenya's implementation of the protocol on the "Rules of Origin" in the preferential trade area (PTA) for eastern and southern Africa. Economies and finances. 1989. 〈dumas-01312763〉

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