The Future of UK-East Africa Trade

"Since the mid-1970s, rapid growth in exports has contributed to a wider process of economic growth which has lifted more than 400 million people out of poverty. In countries such as Vietnam and Uganda, production for export markets has helped to generate unprecedented declines in levels of rural poverty." - Oxfam, Make Trade Fair, 2002

IFT is working with the Eastern Africa Policy Centre, based in Nairobi (Kenya), to produce original research on the UK-East Africa trade relationship.

The paper analyses current trade ties between the UK and the East African Community (EAC) countries in the context of the EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and beyond. It also explores the opportunities for improving this relationship after Brexit, when the UK will have to forge a new platform for trade with the East African regional bloc.

The paper contains case studies of the two EAC products that account for the largest volume of goods trade with the UK - tea and cut flowers - in order to analyse how current trade flows must be maintained after Brexit, and to highlight specific non-tariff barriers to trade that could be removed in the future UK-EAC trade relationship.

For publication April 2018.